Public broadcasting is the subject of a critical debate in Washington. The question under consideration is whether to keep funding public television and radio to ensure quality news and cultural programming for our communities–or not! 170 Million Americans listen to public radio stations like KAXE, or watch public TV, or use other kinds of public media every month. If you are reading this blog, you’re one of that 170 million, and we’re asking you to add your voice to this debate. To do that, go to 170MillionAmericans.org and sign up for the 170 Million Americans campaign. When you register you will receive email updates about the status of this situation, and an occasional request to take action.
- More than half of all Americans use some form of public media every month.
170 million Americans connect through 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations, hundreds of online services, and in-person events and activities.
- Public broadcasting is one of the most effective public/private partnerships in America.
Annual federal funding amounts to only $1.35 per American and is leveraged by local stations to raise six times that amount from other sources.
- Public broadcasting supports lifelong learning for all Americans.
Investments in children’s educational, cultural, public affairs and news programming, digital classroom resources, teacher training, and distance learning have made public broadcasting a leader in lifelong learning.
- Public broadcasting strengthens our democracy. The free flow of ideas and debate helps us participate in the political process as informed citizens.