Stand Up for Public Television
On Feb. 22, the House of Representativesï¿½ voted to eliminate all federal support for public broadcasting.
If this House bill stands, it would endanger PBS stations like Rocky Mountain PBS, which provide the programs and community outreach that educate, engage, inform and inspire.
While Colorado citizens spend about 25 cents in federal taxes each year on Rocky Mountain PBS and the average RMPBS donor gives 400 times the amount the network receives in federal funding, the loss of federal support could be catastrophic for many communities who depend on our service.
Rocky Mountain PBS is more than entertaining television. It is an educational, informational and cultural lifeline.
We provide educational programs, news coverage, community services, performances, lectures and public forums. And we do this commercial-free, with a focus on the underserved.
Each month close to two million people throughout Colorado turn to Rocky Mountain PBS to learn, to discover, to interact. And over its 55 years, RMPBS has served Colorado, expanding to every corner of the state.
An end to all funding for public broadcasting means the programming, the education projects and community events we offer are no longer guaranteed.
Let Congress know if you believe public broadcasting is too important to cut.
Consider the Facts
- Rocky Mountain PBS is part of the country?s public broadcasting system, a collaboration of 1,300 local non-commercial radio and television stations. We collaborate with other stations, and with national and local producers, as well as community partners to ensure that Coloradans have access to high-quality non-commercial programming, with a particular focus on the needs of underserved audiences, including children, minorities, and low-income households.
- RMPBS relies largely on the private sector for funding, receiving no state funds. The federal funding we receive equates to 25 cents per person in Colorado. And for every $9 we receive through public support, we receive $1 in federal funding - a model of private/public partnership that has been held up by many as the ideal, and numbers well below the national averages for public media.
- Only public television offers commercial-free children?s educational programming. In fact, RMPBS offers seven hours of children's programming each day. This is one reason why parents and teachers trust public broadcasting.
- Rocky Mountain PBS embraces the digital future, offering public broadcasting content through broadcast, cable, satellite, satellite radio, the Internet, and wireless devices "We partner with other local stations, museums, libraries and a range of community organizations to make" content available to the public for free online. And we're teaming up with education experts and other public television stations to break new ground in educational and informational materials.
- Colorado's rapidly changing media landscape is making RMPBS an increasingly vital source for unbiased news, cultural programming, and non-commercial educational programs. And our services reflect the values of viewers and listeners - not advertisers. You have a tremendous choice of broadcasting outlets, but only public broadcasting is commercial-free.
Make Your Voice Heard.
Contact your Senators and Congressional delegate?s office immediately to let them know how you feel about the cuts in funding for public broadcasting. Here's another link for finding a representative.
Learn more about 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting, a collaboration of public radio and television stations, national organizations, producers, viewers and listeners throughout the country in favor of a strong public media in the United States. The website has pointers on contacting your representative.
Consider using Facebook and other social media to share this information with friends.
And we'd like to hear what public broadcasting means to you. We appreciate your support.