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President Bush Announces Budget Cuts for CPB

Feb 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Telling public broadcasters to tighten their belts, President Bush announced Monday that he wants to slash the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s federal appropriation for fiscal 2007 from $400 million to $346.5 million.

In addition, the president’s federal budget proposes to zero out an additional $65 million that public broadcasters had requested to help pay for digital TV conversion and the costs of upgrading public broadcasting’s satellite interconnection system.

In a statement, CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison said: “We understand the hard choices facing the administration, Congress and the nation as hurricane reconstruction, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue and entitlement spending takes up a growing share of federal dollars. We are, nevertheless, disappointed. We believe greater investments in public broadcasting, a trusted source of information and essential educational services, create stronger connections to community. We will increase our efforts to engage Congress and build appreciation and respect for the inherent value of public broadcasting to our civil society, our children’s education, and our nation’s security.”

The president’s budget states: “To ensure federal funding provides the greatest benefit, CPB, in consultation with public broadcasting licensees, will continue to explore more effective means for targeting resources to areas of most need.”

The federal government’s fiscal year 2007 begins Oct. 1, 2006.