The President’s Budget Defunds Public Media

By Cait Beroza |

Today, President Trump released the second part of his Fiscal Year 2020 budget to Congress, which recommends eliminating public media funding.

Here’s why the President’s call to eliminate public media funding is a dangerous proposal:

  • Studies confirm there is no replacement for federal funding.
  • If federal funding is eliminated, local stations could be forced off-air or to cut valued programs or services.
  • Rural communities could lose their only source of local media.
  • Low-income families with preschool age children could lose their children’s only source of educational media.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Public media funding amounts to about $1.35 per American.
  • Public media funding represents roughly .01% of the federal budget.
  • Cutting public media funding would have no impact on the federal deficit, but would destroy the public media system.

There have been calls to eliminate public media funding before. We overcame those challenges by making our voices heard on this important issue.

What you can do right now:

Soon, Congress will consider the President’s budget and make funding decisions for federal programs, including public media funding. Now is the time to tell Congress that you value public media.

You can take one or all of the following actions:

Every action taken puts public media funding in a stronger position moving into the congressional funding process.

We need to show Congress that the American people strongly oppose cuts to public media funding.

Sign up for our action alerts now, so you know how you can raise your voice in support of your public media stations.

Together, we can save our stations and programs.