Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton last week joined representatives from National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting System stations across New York in calling on Congress to restore $100 million in funding cuts for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recently approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
These cuts would be particularly detrimental across New York state, where PBS and NPR stations would see their budgets slashed by about $11 million.
As approved by the committee, the cuts would slash more than $30,000 from the WEOS-FM budget and trim the budgets of the two local PBS stations: WXXI of Rochester's funding by $93,000 — or 46 percent — and WCNY of Syracuse's, by $48,800 — or 45 percent.
Quoting from a National Television Violence study, Clinton noted that “PBS is truly unique in providing a safe haven for parents.
“Nearly two out of three television programs contain violence and children are exposed to six acts of violence an hour. Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, and all the other wonderful shows on PBS offer an escape from those negative images,” she said.
Mike Black, general manager at radio station WEOS-FM, the colleges' NPR affiliate, said the cuts, if not reversed, would force cuts in programming locally, and called the cuts “a serious attack on our current structure.”