PBS Chief Paula Kerger Responds To Trump Push To De-Fund

Trump Takes Aim At Public Media Once Again

President Trump has once again recommended phasing out federal funding for noncommercial TV and radio — comprising about 15% of noncom’s total budget — but if recent past is any guide, he does not have enough support in Congress on either side of the aisle. The phase-out was part of the President’s budget, submitted to Congress last week.

Trump Budget Eliminates Public TV Funding

President Donald Trump’s newly unveiled 2019 budget again proposes the elimination of funding for the three major entities that award federal funding for public broadcasting and the arts: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. (AP photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

Obama Sends Congress $3.73 Trillion Budget

President called his new budget one of “tough choices and sacrifices,” but most of those cuts would be held off until after the end of his first term.Overall, Obama proposed trimming the deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade although his changes would actually add to the deficits this year and next.