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Friday, November 12, 2010

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Federal Funding and Issues

Glenn J. McLoughlin
Section Research Manager

Mark Gurevitz
Information Research Specialist

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) receives virtually all of its funding through federal appropriations; overall, about 15% of all public television and radio broadcasting funding comes from the federal appropriations that CPB distributes. CPB’s appropriation is allocated through a distribution formula established in its authorizing legislation and has historically received two-year advanced appropriations. For FY2011, the CPB appropriation is $430 million, and for FY2012 it will be $445 million (passed as a part of the FY2009 and FY2010 appropriation bills, respectively). The Obama Administration has requested $460 million for the F2011 appropriations request (but which would go into effect in FY2013).

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Juan Williams, a reporter for National Public Radio (NPR), was fired for comments he made on the Fox News Channel regarding Muslims. Since that incident, some have questioned the process and fairness of this firing, which in turn has raised questions about any federal funding that supports NPR policies and programs. Beyond that issue, this report addresses the components of federal support for public broadcasting, as well as briefly describing those issues facing public television and public radio.

Date of Report: October 26, 2010
Number of Pages: 10
Order Number: RS22168
Price: $29.95

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