Oklahoma legislators introduce two bills to zero out pubcasting funds to OETA

Two Oklahoma lawmakers are proposing ending funding for Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, the pubTV network based in Oklahoma City, reports the Tulsa World newspaper. Senate Bill 1689 would end state money for “public media or establishing a statewide educational television system,” and OETA is the only Oklahoma public media to receive such funding. Pubradio KOSU and KGOU receive funding indirectly through their university licensees schools, not through appropriations. House Bill 3039 would end OETA funding over the course of five years. “If that money were to go away, this would be a very different operation, and it would not — could not — continue to be a statewide operation,” said John McCarroll, OETA executive director.

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