Thicket of uncertainty for federal aid

Posted: August 6, 2012

Public broadcasters face multiple and serious uncertainties on Capitol Hill over the next few months. A spending bill approved by the House subcommittee with oversight of CPB’s appropriation proposes to phase out CPB funding over the next three years; it … Continue reading

PBS discount plan a ‘no-brainer’ for WLVT

Posted: July 9, 2012

The public TV station serving eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley recently decided that the best way to survive as an independent station was to step back from its status as the primary station serving its market. For WLVT in Bethlehem, a … Continue reading

Ten stations below CPB grants criteria

Posted: July 9, 2012

At least 10 public television stations could be at risk of losing vital CPB community service grants this fiscal year and next because they have not raised the required minimum of $800,000 in nonfederal financial support. Continue reading

R.I., N.H. go indie as state funding ends

Posted: July 9, 2012

Two New England public television stations are moving to sever their ties to state and university licensees, cutting loose to become community-based nonprofits as they adapt to new business models and learn to live without state subsidies. Continue reading

If CPB is defunded, 130 stations ‘at high risk’

Posted: June 25, 2012

What if Congress stopped allocating federal aid to pubcasting? The latest bleak financial analysis from CPB, released last week, adds some specifics about how service would be affected in dozens of congressional districts across the land. Fifty-four public TV licensees … Continue reading