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February 14, 2012

Public-Broadcasting Funds Would Stay Flat Under Obama’s Plan

President Obama has proposed spending $445-million on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2015, the same amount that was allocated for 2013 and 2014.

Congress adopts the agency’s budget two years ahead of time to help insulate public-media journalists and producers from immediate political pressure.

The request was included in the president’s 2013 budget blueprint that was released this week.

The CPB, which provides money to public television and radio stations, said it was pleased with the proposal, given the “fiscal reality facing our country.” It noted in its official budget request, however, that federal money for public broadcasting over all had declined sharply in recent years because of cuts to a special allocation for digital programs and services, as well as to media programs operated by the Departments of Education and Commerce.