Brendan Daly Named CPB Communications VP

The former chief communications officer for the Recording Industry Association of America and Nancy Pelosi, moves to public broadcasting.

House Committee Approves CPB Budget Increase

Noncommercial stations continued on their path toward full funding-plus even as President Trump has tried to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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House Approves Full Funding-Plus For Noncoms

The House has approved funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the independent agency that dispenses federal money for noncommercial media. The $495 million in funding, which was not only full funding but an additional $50 million, is for 2022. CPB is forward funded in an attempt to depoliticize the process.

U.S. Senate Confirms Three To CPB Board

The United States Senate has confirmed the nominations of Janice Miriam Hellreich and Robert A. Mandell and the renomination of Bruce Ramer to the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Hellreich, of Kailua, Hawaii, is a speech language pathologist who founded the first speech and language therapy program at Taipei American School […]

Alan Sagner, Former CPB Chair, Dies At 97

Budget Bill Retains CPB, NEA Funding

A budget deal reached over the weekend spares funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and even increases money to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities. President Trump’s budget plans had called for cutting back on the funding for the arts agencies for the rest of 2017, or through September, and proposed eliminating money to the groups in next year’s budget.

CPB Chief Details Damage From Funding Cuts

CPB President Patricia de Stacy Harrison tells Congress that President Trump’s proposal to eliminate its funds would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some noncommercial television and radio stations to close.

Congress Receives Petitions Supporting CPB

Petitions with more than 660,000 signatures to save CPB funding were presented to Congress Tuesday morning after a rally for parents and kids near the Capitol. The event was sponsored by five advocacy organizations including the progressive hub MoveOn.org, media reformer Free Press and ParentsTogether Action, a family issues nonprofit. PBS is not a co-sponsor.

Trump Budget Would Eliminate CPB Funding

President Trump is proposing to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides federal support for public broadcasting, as part of a budget package that makes massive cuts across government agencies while increasing defense spending by $54 billion. The White House will unveil details of a budget outline on Thursday morning, but officials briefed reporters on the plans on Wednesday.

APTS, CPB, PBS ‘Disappointed’ In FCC Denial

The public TV groups say the commission’s denial of their request for changes in the incentive auction process “create the very real possibility of a number of communities across America losing public television service following next year’s broadcast spectrum incentive auction.”

CPB Board Elects Sembler, Gilbert As New Leader

CPB Eyes Rules Prior To Spectrum Auction

CPB will review its television Community Service Grant policies to clarify how to handle station revenues from the upcoming spectrum auction.

Pubcasting Chiefs Worry Over Auction Rules

The heads of the Association of Public Television Stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service say that the FCC’s plans for the upcoming spectrum auction could result in some communities losing public television service. They call that “a grievous error that risks breaking faith with the nation’s commitment to universal service for non-commercial educational television.”

GOP’s Budget Would Zero Out CPB Funding

Though its chances of advancing in Congress are considered slim, the proposed budget put forth last week by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan would zero out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

CPB Gets $445M In Omnibus Spending Bill

CPB Appropriation Arrives Despite Shutdown

Public broadcasting’s federal subsidies were not caught up in the political stalemate that forced closure of the federal government Oct. 1. The U.S. Treasury delivered CPB’s $445 million fiscal 2014 appropriation that same day, as scheduled, while political leaders in Congress and the White House wrangled over tea party Republicans’ push to repeal the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Sequestration Brings CPB Layoffs, Furloughs

CPB has laid off 12 employees and eliminated three vacant positions in a downsizing prompted by the federal budget sequestration and other cuts to its appropriation. The job cuts, announced Friday, extend across all departments and range from administrative to VP levels, said Michael Levy, EVP of corporate and public affairs. Taken together, the downsizing reduces CPB’s workforce by 11%.

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CPB: No Substitute For Federal Funding

If Congress were to zero-out federal appropriations to public broadcasting, 54 public television stations in 19 states and 76 pubradio stations in 38 states would be at “high risk” of shutting down, CPB reported to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

GOP Lawmakers Want CPB Defunded

In letters sent Thursday to the chairmen of the Senate and House Appropriations committees, Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Doug Lamborn painted the public broadcasting organization as a relic from a bygone era and said the time has come to let the CPB stand on its own two feet. “Now is the appropriate and necessary time for the government to end taxpayer subsidies for CPB,” they wrote.

Pubcasters Get Social Media Guide

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has released a social media handbook for NPR and PBS stations, which is hosted at the National Center for Media Engagement website.

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KQED’s ‘Quest’ A Hub For Science Reporting

Quest, noncommercial KQED’s award-winning science and environment reporting project, has been as insistent about its regional focus as it has been flexible in its choice of platforms. Now, with the help of CPB funding, it’s working with stations in six other places to help them develop regionally focused multimedia science units.

Lehrer Receives CPB Lifetime Achievement Award

The board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting yesterday awarded Jim Lehrer, veteran anchor of PBS NewsHour, with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding individual contributions to public media. Lehrer, who recently stepped down as lead anchor of PBS NewsHour after 36 years, was honored for his “commitment to responsible public media […]

Newhouse’s Kaplan Named CPB Ombudsman

Former CPB Chaiman Howard Gutin Dies At 80

Public Media Escape Budget Cuts — For Now

The compromise temporary budget approved by Congress last week gives public radio and TV (through CPB) about the same funding as last year: $445 million. Equally important, the allocation doesn’t restrict public radio stations from spending federal money on NPR as some conservatives had advocated.

‘Sesame Street’ Actors Plead For Govt. Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stars of Sesame Street — the real people — are on Capitol Hill helping unions and activist groups protest proposed federal spending cuts to public broadcasting. Emilio Delgado (Luis), Roscoe Orman (Gordon) and Bob McGrath (Bob) lamented the effect the cuts could have on educational television like Sesame Street. The actors, […]

Push To Defund Public Broadcasting Heats Up

NPR President-CEO Vivian Schiller may have hoped her departure would help placate budget cutters and public radio’s critics on Capitol Hill, but instead they stepped up calls to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Public TV Faces Budget Ax In Congress

Public television executives say the Corporation for Public Broadcasting could go under if proposed budget cuts are passed by the U.S. Congress. The House passed a $60 billion spending-reduction measure that would eliminate funding for CPB and public TV and radio stations.