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Senate Panel Beefs Up PBS Appropriation

Jul 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The Senate appropriations subcommittee voted Tuesday to restore much of the financial ground that public broadcasting lost in the House of Representatives last month.

Under the Senate deal, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s $400 million appropriation for next year remains intact.

In addition, the Senate appropriation provides $35 million of the $45 million public broadcasters wanted for DTV conversion and $40 million of the $52 million the industry had requested to beef up its interconnection system.

The Senate subcommittee also provided $25 million of the $32 million public broadcasters wanted to fund children’s TV shows such as “Sesame Street” and “Postcards from Buster.”

In the wake of a controversial publicity campaign by PBS and National Public Radio stations, the House last month restored $100 million that had been proposed to be cut from CPB’s $400 million budget next year. But the House declined to provide more than $100 million that public broadcasters wanted for other programs.