Every year, funding for public broadcasting and such beloved programs as Masterpiece, Frontline, Nature and Electric Company comes under scrutiny by budget slashers in Washington. And now it’s an election year, and calls to cut federal funding are growing more serious. The budget plan of House of Representative’s Budget Committee Chairman, Representative Paul Ryan, calls for zeroing-out funding for public broadcasting, and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports eliminating PBS funding, recommending instead we subject children watching Sesame Street to ads. He said: "Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?"
Unless we stand up against efforts to shut off the tri-state area’s educational and informative programming, we may lose local public broadcasting forever.
Millions of people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut watch PBS every day. Yet legislators in Washington consistently propose severe cuts that threaten the very existence of this vital public service.
If you have ever watched public television – or listened to public radio – you know that this matters now more than ever. Public broadcasting delivers the kind of intelligent programs that inform adults, and educational programs that teach children. It’s programming that can’t be found anywhere else.
When so many media outlets are reducing the amount of news they cover, public broadcasting is expanding its news coverage. But viewers depend on public broadcasting to inform and entertain. Theater, music, film, and science are all covered by programs that are freely available and commercial-free.
Don’t let elected officials in Washington take away public broadcasting. Stand with New York public media now!