Stand Up for Public Television

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Public broadcasting is in serious danger, as Congress convenes on Monday, Feb. 14 to hammer out a continuing resolution that could call for an end to all funding for public television and radio.

We at Rocky Mountain PBS realize we can't sit back and wait to see how politics plays out in Washington. This isn't about ideology, this isn't about right versus left.

This is about providing educational programs, news coverage, community services, performances, lectures and public forums.  This is about quality commercial-free programming, 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.

While Colorado citizens spend only 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 still could be catastrophic for many communities who depend on our service.

We need to act now.

We're working with our RMPBS supporters, community partners and Congressional delegation to pursuade policymakers to save key funding for public broadcasting.

And we're asking you to contact your representatives right away and tell them that public television is critical to Coloradans and to the country.
Please let your voice be heard. Help us tell Congress that public broadcasting is too important to cut.

-Laura Sampson, title

Contact Information
Contact your Congressional delegate’s office immediatelyto let your representative 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.

Why should you care?

•  Public broadcasting is America’s largest classroom - closing the achievement gap through innovative, standards-based educational content and resources for parents, teachers and students.
•  Eliminating funds for public broadcasting eliminates the safe harbor of children’s educational programming.
• Numerous studies of public television programming indicate that children who watch shows like Sesame Street, Between the Lions, SuperWHY! and Word World show marked improvement on key literacy skills.
• Public television is cited as the number one source of media content among preschool teachers. In addition, the online educational content and resources provided by public television has become one of the top Internet destinations for children.
•  Public broadcasting serves as a trusted partner and agent of better citizenship in the world’s greatest democracy.
•  From candidate debates and coverage of state legislatures and local issues, to Ken Burns and the American Experience documentaries— public broadcasting is committed to programming that teaches us what is special about our country. 
• For the seventh year in a row, the latest Roper Poll has found the news programming of public broadcasting to be the most trusted in America, across all ideological and partisan lines.
• Public broadcasting is not “a luxury we can’t afford” but an essential service regularly depended on and enjoyed by 170 million Americans in all 50 States.
• Public broadcasters reach over 98 percent of American households with free services.
• The same series of Roper Polls finds public broadcasting placing second, just behind national defense, as the most appropriate expenditure of public funds.
•  170 million Americans regularly rely on public broadcasting each month for its educational and information resources, its thoughtful exploration of a diversity of religious and cultural issues, and the window on the world stage that it opens to urban and rural communities nationwide.
• Cutting or eliminating federal funding for public broadcasting will have a severe negative impact on local services and economies in all 50 states.
• Public broadcasting stations are some of the last locally owned and operated media outlets in the country, serving all Americans from Bethel, Alaska to Miami, Florida and everywhere in between.
• Public broadcasting directly supports 21,000 jobs, and almost all of them are in local public television and radio stations in hundreds of communities across America.
• Rural public broadcasting stations are particularly dependent on federal funding for the operation of their service. For many rural stations, federal funding represents more than 30-50 percent of their total revenue.
• Eliminating the $445 million investment in CPB would only reduce the $1.5 trillion federal budget deficit by less than 3 ten-thousandths of one percent, but it would have a devastating impact on local communities nationwide.

Source: The Assocation of Public Television Stations

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