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Statement on Federal Funding | Link TV

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Statement on Federal Funding

An Important Message from Link TV

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the government agency that allocates money* to public broadcasting, is at risk of being defunded by the current administration, along with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Federal support is a critical source of funding that allows independent media, like Link TV to offer unfiltered global programming commercial-free.  

Logos: PMPM, CPB, NEH, NEA

Link TV, a national independent non-profit media organization, is a recipient of federal money, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with PBS and NPR as a unified voice for federal support for public media. We also champion the federal support for national foundations, such as the NEA and the NEH that fund the arts and humanities.

Without that support, we would not be able to produce original content that inspires audiences to engage in the world around them, including such important programs as Earth Focus, which looks at environmental and conservation issues threatening our every day lives and the world.

Please visit Protect My Public Media to sign a petition so we can continue to carry out our collective mission around education and community service, and amplify critical issues affecting our community that would otherwise remain unheard.

Alternatively, you can call your representative in Congress and let them know why these are important to you and your community.

Help us ensure that America’s most trusted institutions, and the funding that supports them, continue to help inspire millions of people like you.

*In 2016:

-The CPB got .01% of total federal spending – that amounts to $1.35 per year/per taxpayer

-The NEA and the NEH each got .003% amounting to .46 cents per year/per taxpayer

FAQ

Is KCETLink affected by federal budget cuts?

Federal support is a critical source of funding that allows independent public media, like Link TV to offer unfiltered global programming commercial-free, and KCET to produce original educational content that brings commercial-free vibrant storytelling to Southern California.  KCETLink stands shoulder-to-shoulder with PBS and NPR as a unified voice for federal support for public media. We also champion the federal support for national foundations, such as the NEA and the NEH that fund the arts and humanities.

Without that support, we would not be able to produce original content that inspires audiences to engage in the world around them, including such important programs as Earth Focus, which looks at environmental and conservation issues threatening our every day lives and the world.

How much CPB money do you receive?

It varies slightly each year based on revenue we receive from non-federal financial sources. On average CPB funding represents 5-10% of KCETLink’s total operating budget.

How important is CPB money to the financial stability of the public media system?

Federal support is critical to keeping the public media mission alive, particularly with a broad downward trend from individual donations.

America can’t afford NOT to have public media in their lives. Public media provides a tremendous value to communities it serves, including enriching populations with diverse programs that shine a light on critical global issues.

KCETLink

KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP is the national independent public media organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DIRECTV (ch. 375) and DISH Network (ch. 9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems.