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The Role of Federal Funding in KRCB’s Budget
There has been much discussion lately about the signi-cance of Federal funding in public broadcasting’s ability toserve our communities with high quality non-commercialtelecommunications services. A quick snapshot of the KRCBbudget will hopefully help you, our faithful member, under-stand the importance of this funding source.In the combined budgets of KRCB Television and Radio,the community provides some 50% of our income throughmembership, business sponsorships of programs, and dona-tions of goods and services to our auctions. We bring inanother 13% through our entrepreneurial activities such asspectrum lease, tower lease, etc. The annual grant from theCorporation for Public Broadcasting, the organizationthrough which Federal funding is distributed, comprises fully 25% of our budget. (Thebalance comes through foundation grants and in kind contributions.)In other words, that Federal support is an extremely critical compliment to our community support. Without that funding, there is absolutely no question that KRCB would be forcedto cut program services and the staff providing those services. It may interest you to know that the Federal contribution nationally amounts to $1.35 per American per year. Incidental-ly, this is a fraction of the investment that other industrialized countries make in their publicbroadcasting systems. For instance, South Korea invests $8.19 per capita, while Japan invests$58.86 per person to insure an informed, engaged populace.Public broadcasting sits at the dawn of a new era of communications. The importance of maintaining viable non-commercial, educational public media in a democracy, which is of necessity based on an informed citizenry, is abundantly clear. This importance is highlightedeven further as we consider the retrenchment of other media source such as newspapers.Now is not the time to be considering downsizing this critical institution in which the American public has invested so much over the past 50 years and in which the citizens of thiscountry place the highest trust and condence.
Activists protest proposed cuts infunding for Public Broadcasting