Cuts to Public Broadcasting Slated to End Media Near You
Soon turning on our local public broadcast channel, KEET TV, may result in nothing but electronic snow. Its ability to inspire, empower, and connect may fade away to electronic snow. House Republicans just voted to do away with government funding for The Corporation for Public Broadcasting which sponsors, among other vital programming, Sesame Street, PBS, NPR and, of course, KEET TV.
The local channel receives nearly half its funding from this source. If the Senate approves the bill, then that “would close our doors,” says KEET’s Executive Director, Ron Schoenherr. To many of the rural areas of this country, Public Broadcasting provides much of their news and all of their children’s educational programming.