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NPR, PBS Survive Budget Cuts


by Jerome Weeks 13 Apr 2011

According to the Washington Post, the federal budget compromise hammered out last week spares public broadcasting.

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According to the Washington Post, the federal budget compromise hammered out last week spares public broadcasting:

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which passes federal funds to public radio and TV stations, is slated to receive $445 million from Congress — essentially the same amount it received in its last appropriation, according to details of the continuing federal budget resolution released Tuesday.

The proposed funding is a huge victory for public broadcasters, particularly NPR, which has suffered a series of public-relations disasters that have strengthened conservative calls to eliminate its federal support…

In a further victory for public radio, the proposed budget places no restrictions on how CPB can dole out federal funds to stations. House Republicans, led by Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.), had sought to restrict public radio from using CPB-granted funds to pay dues to NPR for its programming. Democrats killed that provision.

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