The issue of federal funding for public broadcasting is far from over, as Congress will debate future appropriations over the coming months. In the recent past, some House members have threatened to eliminate funding for public broadcasting, which would adversely affect WETA, the national organizations PBS and NPR, and our sister local public broadcasting stations across the country. Please watch this space for regular updates on federal funding for public broadcasting.
These cuts would pose a significant threat to WETA and public broadcasting as a whole. The direct impact on WETA would be the annual loss of $5.2 million in funding, which would be felt deeply by the audiences we serve.
The loss of this key funding will affect WETA's ability to bring you and all our viewers and listeners throughout Greater Washington the programs you rely on and enjoy, from Sesame Street, Super WHY!, PBS NewsHour, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and documentaries by Ken Burns to Nature, NOVA, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece and Doc Martin.
The cuts also threaten Classical WETA 90.9 FM, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation's capital, and WETA's ability to provide multimedia literacy projects that serve children and adults throughout Greater Washington and the nation.