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President Proposes Elimination of Federal Funding for Public TV

Dear Viewers:

Number 1 in Viewer Trust 73 percent of voters oppose eliminating funding for public television We cover 98% of the State of Idaho A top reason for protecting federal funding for public television is that it provides more than 120,000 trusted learning tools and free resources for teachers, parents, and caregivers to use in the classroom and at home. 67% of Republicans, 73% of independents, 87% of Democrats found this to be a convincing reason

In his budget presented to Congress, President Trump proposed elimination of federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to public television and radio stations nationwide. For Idaho Public Television, this would mean a loss of $1.5 million or 19 percent of our annual budget. Along with donor contributions, that funding helps pay for our local productions like Outdoor Idaho, Dialogue, Idaho Reports and Science Trek. It also helps pay for national productions such as NOVA, American Experience, PBS NewsHour, and children’s programming like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and The Cat in the Hat.

In addition, CPB funding helps make it possible for us to provide services across Idaho, including the broadcast of emergency information, even in some of Idaho’s most remote places. It pays for educational outreach events and activities for teachers, parents, day care providers and students — including an online tool that offers more than 120,000 resources for schools, searchable by subject matter, grade level and educational standard.

In short, loss of federal funding would have a devastating impact on Idaho Public Television as you know it. While the president’s budget is the first step in a long process that Congress will undertake, I thought you would want to know what it means for Idaho Public Television. To learn more check out the resources below.

Best wishes,

Ron Pisaneschi

Ron Pisaneschi
General Manager