WNED, WBFO to Feel Impact if Proposed Cuts are Enacted
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) called for the immediate reversal of the Republican proposal to cut $100 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which would have a severe impact on WNED and WBFO in Western New York. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is the U.S.-taxpayer-funded agency that provides critical dollars to public broadcasting across the country. This cut is slated to be included in the FY 2006 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week.
“WNED, WBFO and public broadcasting play a crucial role in the lives of Western New Yorkers,” said Congressman Higgins. “Our children’s’ lives are enriched and enhanced by the creative and stimulating programming which our local public broadcasting affiliates provide. The quality of news reporting, the unbiased methods through which news is analyzed and the excellence of content should not be targeted by the Republicans in Congress, and I will do all I can to stop this cut from being enacted.”
Congressman Higgins’ office has received an outpouring of public support through dozens of phone calls and hundreds of letters each day on this issue, with Western New Yorkers advocating for continued support for public broadcasting.
The provision in the bill would eliminate $100 million in federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, upon which it heavily relies. This is a 25% cut of CPB. The Association of Public Television Stations has stated that these cuts will severely impact every public television and radio station, rendering them unable to provide educational, cultural and informational programming in local communities and throughout the nation.