CPB Statement on Congress’ Approval of Funding for Public Media
December 23, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 23, 2022) — Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement today following the House and Senate passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which includes funding for public media:
“We are grateful that bipartisan negotiations have resulted in increased funding support for CPB, providing $535 million for CPB's FY 2025 advance appropriation, ensuring that public media’s high-quality programs and services are available for free to all Americans.
“The omnibus spending package also includes: $60 million in FY 2023 for interconnection and infrastructure, the backbone of the public broadcasting system; $56 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Next Generation Warning System, enabling public media stations to replace equipment and enhance critical alerting and warning capabilities in their communities; and $31 million for the Department of Education's Ready To Learn program, which enables the creation of accessible, educational public media content -- on air, online, and in the community -- to help our youngest learners prepare for and succeed in school.
“Public media is serving the diverse needs of families and communities as they seek educational content for their children, fact-based information to engage in our civil society, and life-saving information during emergencies.
“Congressional funding enables public media to continue these valuable services as well as to innovate in this rapidly changing media environment. We thank Members of Congress for making these critical investments in our nation's public media system.”
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation authorized by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally managed and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. For more information, visit www.cpb.org and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, LinkedIn, and subscribe for other updates.