Trouble Ahead for
Upcoming Hearings Will Affect Independence & Future Funding of Public Stations
February 20, 2004
In the next two months, Congress will hold hearings in both the House and Senate that will impact the future of public broadcasting. The current system relies on a blend of support from the government, nonprofit institutions, and individual citizens. The mission of pubic broadcasting is to facilitate the development of, and ensure universal access to, non-commercial high quality programming. Congressional opponents of the current system have threatened to challenge the long standing editorial independence that was one of the core reasons public broadcasting was created. We also anticipate the public broadcasting foes will try to undermine the disbursement of the limited amount of government funds the system receives.
In an era when the FCC has allowed further concentration of media ownership, and with mergers such as Comcast and Disney possibly on the horizon, a strong and independent public broadcasting system is more important than ever. It must be protected from efforts to politicize and privatize it.
Common Cause is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the serious political challenges ahead for public broadcasting and to enable citizens to weigh in with their elected officials on this very important issue. We need your help.
Here’s what’s at stake:
The programs you see and hear on public television and
radio stations play a critical role in the flow of ideas and information in
Take Action. Write to Congress and ask your Senator and Representative to support legislation that keeps public broadcasting free of political interference and provides long-term funding.
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