Monday, February 14, 2011

U.S. House Budget Proposal Eliminates Funding for Public Broadcasting

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Our Rhode Island Congressional delegation - U.S. Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and U.S. Representatives Langevin and Cicilline - have expressed support for public broadcasting. If you still want to make your opinion known to them, of course you are welcome to do so. However, WSBE provides this announcement of the House budget debate to keep you informed, and invites you to join

WSBE Rhode Island PBS appreciates the support of our Congressional delegation - and your support. Thank you!
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Here is an important message from WSBE President and CEO David Piccerelli:
Congress will take a critical vote in the next few days to eliminate all federal support for local public television and radio stations.
Federal funding provides an important share of the WSBE Rhode Island PBS funding. It helps us to deliver educational and commercial-free programming that expands children’s minds, documentaries that open up new worlds to you, trusted news programs that keep you informed, and exposes you to the worlds of music, theater, dance and art as an adult.
Some say that there is no longer a need for federal support for public broadcasting. Others believe it’s one of the worthiest places to invest federal dollars. More importantly, though, is what you think.
You can show your support by visiting and sign up and receive updates. 
Thank you,
David Piccerelli
President and CEO
WSBE Rhode Island PBS