PBS, NPR avoids ax
Support from "viewers like you" helped stop a proposed $100 million cut for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, allowing smaller stations like WQPT Quad Cities PBS to continue serving the community, station officials say.Thanks to those who contacted legislators at my urging. You helped keep the vandals away from this valuable institution.
The proposal would have lowered the corporation's budget by 46 percent. However, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday restored the $100 million to the budget. By reducing the cut to 25 percent, the total 2006 budget was back up to $400 million.
People contacted their representatives to urge them to oppose the cut, said Lora Adams, marketing director and pledge producer for WQPT.
"The fact that it was ratified on the floor, 284-140, certainly shows the power of the people and how dearly they hold public broadcasting," Ms. Adams said.