NPR and KUT Funding Update
We learned late last week that there is a new attempt to dismantle one of the key institutions of public broadcasting. The latest proposal from the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds public broadcasting would prohibit KUT and all public radio stations from using federal grants to help pay for any programming or services from NPR.
It would also prohibit using grant funds for access to programs beyond NPR News, like Car Talk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and even A Prairie Home Companion, as well as use of the satellite system that is the backbone of public radio. For smaller stations, this effort could completely isolate communities from national news and would make it difficult for KUT to share our own programming with stations around the state and nation.
The strength and independence of KUT comes from a broad base of community support. To all the current and sustaining members of KUT – thank you for doing your part to ensure that Austin and central Texas continues to have access to the core services of NPR and the national and global news that only they provide.
There are two ways you can help. First, join the national conversation about public broadcasting at 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting. Also, support KUT at whatever level you can by going online at kut.org or calling 512-471-6291.
Thank you for listening, and for whatever support you can provide.
Director and General Manager