Local stations might not be able to afford to buy or produce content. In many of these communities, the local public station is the sole broadcast outlet with the capacity to provide community news and information.
The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a budget proposal that would entirely eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the publicly funded radio and television entity that includes NPR, PBS and about 1,500 affiliated stations. As the director and general manager of Montana PBS, Hyyppa oversee.
Gainor added, "There are a ton of liberal billionaires who could fund @NPR and @PBS with change they find in their couches".
Today, almost 1,300 public radio stations and more than 350 public TV stations serve communities in every state. That same year, 78 percent of its revenue came from contributors and 13 percent from project grants.
However, on the question of competition, officials point out that most of the stations CPB supports are in largely underserved parts of the country where corporate media sees little upside to an investment in newsgathering or other local programming.
CPB received $445 million in federal funding in the last fiscal year; the NEA and NEH got about $148 million each - a tiny portion of the roughly $4 trillion federal budget. "That, in turn, would impact the remaining stations, further undermining their ability to attract viewers, listeners, and support".
The then-governor praised his state's nine public television stations, saying: "They enrich our local communities through distinctive programs and services and through collaborations with some of our most cherished institutions".
In many rural areas, public broadcasting is the only source of free local, national and worldwide news, public affairs and cultural programming - and with such small populations they often rely more heavily on federal funding. Hyyppa added that without federal funding, it would be hard for any public media to survive - large or small. Funds also often help cover basic necessities such as radio tower maintenance and building upkeep. Even if it would survive, the public broadcasting system in the United States would suffer with reduced numbers of stations resulting in gaps in service, and the remaining stations would be impoverished. The Trump blueprint is just the first step in the budgeting process, and we know from experience that most powerful force in defense of public broadcasting is the voice of the people who depend on it. She also notes it is possible for public media organizations to earn income from other sources-such as selling products or renting out unused building space.
Next, Congress will review the President's budget proposal and work to develop its own budget.
Many members of the Republican Party have, for decades, harbored the desire to eliminate CPB and the programming it supports. "Approximately 99% of all Americans can enjoy this public media, regardless of how much money they earn or where they live".
Public media doesn't plan to give up its funding without a fight, and one of the weapons in its lobbying arsenal is strong public support: 70 percent of Trump voters want Congress to cut funding elsewhere, according to a survey for PBS conducted this year by Hart Research-American Viewpoint.
WLJT, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WVUT in Vincennes, Indiana, and hundreds of other public media stations provide people with free news, entertainment and information programming in conservative, rural America.
Federal support for public broadcasting has always been a political tug-of-war, with conservatives arguing that programs like "Masterpiece" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" should be funded by the free market, not by taxpayers.