Saturday, February 05, 2011
Federal funding for public broadcasting?
Alex Beam recently weighed in on the subject of federal funding non-comm broadcasting in the US, and it's affect in Boston
A public debate: Local stations WBUR and WGBH might actually be better off if the government withdraws funding
First, WBUR. The radio station receives $1.3 million in CPB funding, toward a total budget of around $21 million. That is about 6 percent. “That’s modest compared to the overall operation,’’ says newly appointed general manger Charles Kravetz.
Modest? Apparently it's enough to pay for WBUR's recent billboard campaign and their recently television advertisements.
There was a recent story about the tax credit we give to have movies made in Boston, and apparently the money from the tax credits simply goes to the monster stars salaries.
I can't help but think it's strange that CPB gives WBUR $1.3 million, at the same time they have extra money to spend on things like a billboard and television campaign.