Protect My Public Media (PMPM) is an action network of Americans who are dedicated to protecting local public television and radio stations and the programming and services they provide. PMPM, in collaboration with local stations and partners, directs audiences to take action to protect the federal investment in public media.
What is Public Media?
Public media reaches everyone.
Public media is a system of nearly 1,500 local television and radio stations, reaching 98 percent of Americans. In rural, Native American, and Island communities, public media stations are often the only local media outlets.
Stations are locally managed and controlled.
Public media stations air programs and offer services that meet community needs. Stations choose programming from a variety of local, regional, and national producers.
Most Americans tune in to their stations.
82 percent of all U.S. TV households – 200 million people – watch public television every year. Every week, 42 million Americans listen to their local public radio stations.
What do local stations provide?
Local public radio and TV stations give virtually every household free access to:
- Educational programming for all ages, including children’s content that’s proven to close the achievement gap and resources for teachers,
- Trusted, fact-based news programming,
- Local programming and community-based services,
- Celebrations of the American experience, from history to music,
- Lifesaving emergency communications services,
- And more.
Federal Funding Facts
Since 1969, Congress has provided funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes it directly to local stations. Federal funding supports local station operations and helps them secure private financial support. On average, stations raise $6 for every federal dollar, resulting in a highly effective public-private partnership.