Public broadcasting, such as NPR on the radio and PBS on TV offers access to public media to 99% of Americans. In particular, rural areas benefit greatly from public broadcasting. According to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which funds over a thousand stations nationwide, including NPR and PBS member stations, their goals are to (1) Promote an educated and informed civil society by supporting high-quality engaging content and services delivered across multiple platforms; (2) Strengthen the quality of public media’s content and services, and deepen the engagement with audiences and users, by supporting innovative projects; and (3) Strengthen the quality of public media’s content and services by supporting strong public media entities that are vital to and reflective of the people they serve. Specifically, PBS stations provides more than 1,200 hours of educational and cultural TV programming as well as online media, while NPR provides news and information, as well and cultural and educational programming. Proposals to privatize CPB, will result in a loss of funding for many of these stations, with rural areas being the hardest hit!
The March for Science Atlanta believes that an informed public is essential to democracy. Cuts to these programs will leave a large portion of our nation, and arguably the most vulnerable, at risk. Therefore we stand with NPR and PBS, and oppose proposals to defund and privatize CPB.