National Public Radio CEO Gary Knell joined the organization last December, knowing there were stone cold realities ahead, after his predecessor and several key fundraisers retreated amid various controversies. Now comes news that NPR is running a $2.6 million deficit for this fiscal year. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi talks about a meeting Knell held with staffers Wednesday: While he is not gunning to cut staff or programs (“That’s the [...]
BY ALEX PAREENE
Liberty University, the evangelical private Christian school founded by dead apartheid-supporting bigot Jerry Falwell, received $445 million in federal financial aid last year. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, by
the way, received $420 million from the federal government.
That massive sum was thanks to the growth of Liberty’s online program, which enrolled 52,000 students last year. The school is the No. 1 recipient of Pell [...]
Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, flanked by Arthur from the popular PBS childrenâ€™s show, is defending public programming against Republican funding cuts. (Associated Press)
NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicansâ€™ proposed spending cuts, but some affiliatesâ€™ pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying.
Interrupting popular programs, the stations air warnings that cuts [...]
Faced with the threat of losing funding from the federal government, National Public Radio (NPR) CEO Vivian Schiller defended the news outletâ€™s use of taxpayer money in a speech Monday, and brushed off criticism of bias as â€œperception.â€
Calling government funding the â€œcornerstone of public media,â€ Schiller said NPR was â€œtoo critical to give up.â€
â€œWe rely on continued government funding,â€ Schiller said at the National Press [...]
By JIM DEMINT, WSJ
When presidents of government-funded broadcasting are making more than the president of the United States, it’s time to get the government out of public broadcasting.
While executives at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) are raking in massive salaries, the organizations are participating in an aggressive lobbying effort to prevent Congress from saving hundreds of millions of [...]
House Republicans have proposed cutting or eliminating dozens of government programs as part of a plan they say will save up to $74 billion, kicking off what is sure to be a vigorous debate on Capitol Hill over what to keep and what to slash.
Offering a first glimpse of the specifics Republicans have in mind to rein in spending, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal [...]