Protect My Public Media is a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The goal of the campaign is to activate our audiences to support federal funding for public media by taking a stand for the local stations and programs they love.
What is Public Media?
Our public media system is unique. It’s a collaboration of 1,300 local non-commercial radio and television stations that work together and with national and local producers and community partners to provide all Americans with access to the best and most trusted non-commercial programming in the country.
Our public media is for everyone. Public media makes a special effort to serve children, minorities, and low-income Americans. It reaches more than 98% of the U.S. population.
Our public media is local. Stations are locally licensed and governed, locally programmed, and locally staffed. In many rural areas, public media is the only source of free local, national and international news, public affairs, and cultural programming.
Our public media makes us and keeps us smart. Investments in children’s educational, cultural, public affairs and news programming, digital classroom resources, teacher training, and distance learning have made public media a leader in lifelong learning.
Our public media engages more than half of all Americans every month. 170 million Americans connect through over 360 public television stations, 900 public radio stations, hundreds of online resources, in-person events and on-the-ground services.
Our public media costs less than a cup of coffee. Annually, the federal contribution to public media amounts to $1.35 per American.
Our public media system is one of the most effective public/private partnerships in America. For every dollar local stations receive from the federal government, they are able to raise six dollars from local sources to provide their listeners and viewers with the best programming and services.
Our public media reflects our values, not the interests of advertisers. Public media is the only commercial free media outlet, which is why it’s so highly trusted by the American people.
Our public media is more important than ever. The rapidly changing media environment is making public media more vital as a source of unbiased news, local cultural programming, and non-commercial educational programs designed to enhance the quality of life of our local communities. Public media is a source of children’s programming, public affairs, music, and cultural information that is rarely provided by other sources.
Our public media makes us better citizens. The free flow of ideas and debate helps us participate in the political process as informed citizens.
Our public media provides necessary programming for parents and children. Year after year, parents overwhelmingly agree that public media is a trusted and safe place for their children to watch television. Research proves that public media’s content enables children to succeed in the classroom.
Our public media embraces the digital future. Public media content is now available through broadcast, cable, satellite, satellite radio, the Internet and wireless devices. Public media is committed to being where their listeners and viewers are in the changing media environment. Local stations partner with educators, museums, libraries and other community organizations to make great content available to the public for free on mobile devices and online. They are teaming up with start-ups and innovators to break new ground in educational and informational materials.
Our public media plays music that can’t be found anywhere else on the dial. Local stations take creative risks, nurture new talent, and discover emerging artists. They are one of the only remaining sources of broadcast jazz and classical music in the country. And they support their local economies, including music venues, organizations, bands, and numerous other small businesses.
Public Media Fact Sheet
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