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President Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Public Media Funding

March 21, 2017

President Donald Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget proposal eliminates all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the largest source of funding for public media in the country. If implemented, this loss of funding would have a negative impact on public media across the country.

At KCTS 9, we believe that investment in public media leads to a better-informed public, and in turn, strengthens communities. We are proud to serve our region through high-quality television content and as a local journalism organization. Regardless of the political climate, we will remain committed to advancing social and civic engagement, arts and culture, and education and family initiatives.

For more than 60 years, KCTS 9 has served individuals and families in the Northwest with programming that educates, enlightens and inspires. Nationwide, CPB’s contribution is just $1.35 per taxpayer. We think that’s money well spent. In fiscal year 2016, KCTS 9 received $1.6 million from CPB grants — about nine percent of our operating income.

Federal funding for the CPB has been challenged before. President George W. Bush proposed eliminating funding for CPB during each of his eight years in office, and in each of those years Congress restored funding. That tells us that with vigorous, vocal public support, we can help protect this irreplaceable public resource.

What can you do now to show your support and keep informed as the process unfolds? Join Protect My Public Media and urge anyone who cares and benefits from public media to do the same.

It’s important to remember that the budget process moves slowly and there will be much discussion in the days, weeks and months ahead. We look forward to working together with PBS and NPR — as well as our viewers, readers, and members — to advocate for public media in our region.


Rob Dunlop, President & CEO
Cascade Public Media