Level Funding for Public Broadcasting FY2018 Budget Approved

Journalist Tom Butts from TV Technology recently published, “Level Funding for Public Broadcasting FY2018 Budget Approved.”

The article explains how the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted to provide level funding of $445 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and $27.7 million in FY 2018 for the Ready To Learn program.

America's Public Television Stations (APTS) President and CEO Patrick Butler is quoted expressing his gratitude for the vote. “These federal funds are essential to local public television stations’ public service missions and to ensuring that everyone, everywhere in America, every day has access to these essential services for free.”

Alongside his thankful explanation on the importance of the funding, Butler’s full appreciation to leadership for working across party lines is also detailed in the article. “We are most grateful for the bipartisan leadership of Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO), Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). The broad support for this funding among both Republican and Democratic members of the committee, mirrors the support the American people have consistently given to our work in communities throughout the country. We are hopeful that the Congress will continue to demonstrate its bipartisan support for public media as the appropriations process moves forward.”

To find out more, read the full article.