Urge Congress to Provide Emergency Public Media Funding

 

During this unprecedented crisis, public broadcasters have adapted and evolved to provide enhanced services to virtually every American community.

From partnering with local school districts to provide standards-based, curriculum-aligned remote learning services for millions of pre-K through 12th grade students, to conducting enhanced local reporting that empowers citizens to make vital personal decisions, to offering classroom and homeschooling resources to parents and families, to supporting lifesaving emergency communications, stations are providing services that aren’t available anywhere else.

To support the continuation of these essential services, please urge Congress to provide $300 million in emergency funding for public media in the economic stimulus bills they are considering this week.

Many of these services are expensive and entirely unbudgeted, and they are being offered while public radio and television stations are sustaining severe revenue losses from individual, local and other non-federal funding sources during the economic downturn. Public radio stations must also radically adjust their news gathering operations to accommodate remote working arrangements for their local reporters and editors. As local financial support is challenged, news gathering costs are increasing dramatically.

If Congress does not approve emergency funding, local public radio and television stations and the critical services they provide to nearly 99% of our nation will be at risk.

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