On Monday, the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget was released. It recommends that Congress cut federal funding for public media.
This is the fourth year in a row such a recommendation has come from the White House. Congress has continued funding for public media the last three budgets. In 2019, Congress approved the first increase in public funding in ten years.
Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, released a statement regarding the President’s proposed FY 2021 budget. It reads, in part, “The federal appropriation to CPB is the foundation of our uniquely American, public-private partnership that supports our nation’s public media system — a system of more than 1,500 locally controlled and operated public television and radio stations across the country. This seed money pays invaluable dividends to millions of Americans and their families in the form of content and resources that educate, inform and inspire.”