NPR Public Broadcasting Faces Budget Cuts

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  1. neildmitchell macrumors 6502a

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    Public Broadcasting Faces Budget Cuts (link)

    On NPR's Morning Edition, Nina Tottenberg announced
    that if the Supreme Court supports Congress, it will,
    in effect, be the end of the National Public Radio
    (NPR), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the
    Public Broadcasting System (PBS). PBS, NPR and the
    arts are facing major cutbacks in funding. In spite of
    the efforts of each station to reduce spending costs
    and streamline their services, some government
    officials believe that the funding currently going to
    these programs is too large a portion of funding for
    something which is seen as not worthwhile. This is
    for anyone who thinks NPR/PBS is a worthwhile
    expenditure of $1.12/year of their taxes.

    June 21, 2005 · The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors meets Tuesday and will hear a presentation for the fiscal year 2006 budget. The meeting comes as the CPB's chairman faces critics who say he's injected politics into public broadcasting.
     
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Might as well drop this one in politics right now.
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    200 million dollars from Ray Kroc's wife wasn't enough?
     
  4. feakbeak macrumors 6502a

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    I would be disappointed to see NPR/PBS go. I'll admit some of the programming definitely leans left, but it is one of the few sectors of the media that actually has intelligent programming on from time to time.

    How much money does the goverment provide to them each year? I wouldn't think it'd be that much. I know NPR runs fund-raising drives twice a year. I've been wanting to contribute, I'll have to do that next time it runs. I wonder if they'd be able to run off contributions alone or maybe start mixing in some advertising.
     
  5. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Some leans left, some leans right. All in all it's a pretty balanced view. We're just not used to seeing that.
     
  6. feakbeak macrumors 6502a

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    Fair and Balanced? :D
     
  7. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    A helluva lot more fair than the people who use THAT slogan!
     
  8. feakbeak macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, I agree. I just couldn't resist when you used the term balanced.
     
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    Rick Steves' Travel News: Killing the Messenger

    "There's a misperception that public broadcasting costs taxpayers a lot of money. Our government currently spends $400 million a year on it, or about $1.50 per year per citizen. (We spend three times that amount every year — $1.2 billion — to subsidize sugar farmers!) In fact, 85% of public broadcasting is funded by donations from people like you, and by underwriting from friendly corporations." - Rick Steves
     
  10. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    In some ways, I would like to see Public Radio break free of federal funding. This way they are totally independent. On the other hand, could Public Radio survive without whatever the feds give them?
     
  11. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Murdoch might be willing to fund them...
     
  12. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    I was wondering if it helps or hurts their cause to advertise the fact that 85% of of public broadcasting is already funded by non-government sources (according to the Rick Steves quote). If the government were footing, say, half of the public broadcasting bill, it would clearly kill off PBS and friends to withdraw all government funding. I don't know, however, what effect a 15% "pay cut" would have on these programs.
     
  13. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Much as many people moan about the UK licence fee, it does make the BBC possible and I'd miss the Beeb dreadfully if it changed into a truly commercial channel. PBS and NPR radio have never had the investment that the BBC has enjoyed so it's harder for them to compete against the commercial channels.
     
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    Although I admit I don't watch much PBS, I listen to NPR fairly often and find it to have the best programming on the US airwaves - sad but true, IMO. Most of the radio stations in this country are complete junk that just repeat a few songs and inundate you with commericals. NPR competes just fine with what's available here in the states.
     
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    NPR is the only news source in the US. With CNN and Fox News doing 24-hr, crisis-of-the-day coverage, the only place to hear actual *news* (and in-depth at that!) is NPR.

    On a tangent note, does anyone here watch Dateline? I thought it was a news show, until I actually saw an episode the other week. They did a 20-minute story about this guy who plays piano, but no one knows who he is. When the commercial break came and I found out what I was watching, I was stunned. I knew second-hand that US news was bad, but to see it myself was a shock. Ugh.

    Makes me feel that we deserve whatever crap we fall into. Be it external, or from our own government.
     
  16. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Send them money then. If you do already good for you.

    There are lots of other news sources in the US. There are newspapers, most there are usually a few private radio stations that have excellent news coverage. Most of the talk ones do actually every hour in between the shows. 1010 WINS in New York is wall to wall news.

    Complaining about the milquetoast, fluffy news on network tv is like criticizing McDonalds for not being cuisine. It is something that is designed to appeal to the masses who want to be entertained and at least feel informed.
     

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