Urge Congress to Support Public Media Relief Funding

 

The economic effects of COVID-19 threaten the existence of local public radio and television stations across the country.

Please ask your lawmakers to support the Senate’s proposal of $175 million in emergency funding for public media stations.

The public media system – more than 1,400 local stations serving 99% of American households – has lost hundreds of millions in non-federal funding over the last several months.

In addition, local stations have incurred unexpected expenses to provide enhanced local news, at-home learning resources and public safety services to communities nationwide.

Earlier this year, Congress approved $75 million in emergency funding, a portion of the funding request made by local stations.

Without additional federal support, local stations will be forced to cut more critical programs and services or shutter their operations forever.

With news deserts expanding across America and schools extending closings through the end of the academic year, communities need local public media more than ever.

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