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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The battle over public broadcasting


Sesame Street or Sponsorship Street? Public Broadcasting System Chief Executive Paula Kerger is worried that PBS could lose its funding in a Republican administration. Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour here in Los Angeles on Sunday, Kerger warned that if the 15% of funds PBS gets from the government were to be removed, many of its stations would have to go off the air. All public broadcasting, TV and radio, could lose important coverage area in smaller cities towns and rural America if federal funds are reduced further. The services provide programming that is not available from the networks, often of a higher intellectual, cultural and educational level. Opponents of funding say that with cable and satellite TV (which many cannot afford or is not available), there are ample opportunities for higher level educational, cultural and intellectual program sources on the commercial market.  More fromVariety.

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