The White House's 2020 budget proposal slashes several hundred million dollars from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as the Trump administration continues to pursue drastic cuts in public television, radio, and arts programs that are partially funded with federal money.
According to The Hill, the proposal contains cuts to the tune of $435 million at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR, PBS, and related services, and $126 million at the National Endowment for the Arts.
The budget proposal marks the third time President Donald Trump has tried to eliminate funding for public television and radio and the arts.
If the cuts were to be enacted, the CPB and NEA would be forced to mostly rely on private donations and advertising revenue.
"CPB grants represent a small share of the total funding for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), which primarily rely on private donations to fund their operations," reads the budget proposal, according to TV Technology. "This private fundraising has proven durable, negating the need for continued federal subsidies.
"In addition, alternatives to PBS and NPR programming have grown substantially since CPB was first established in 1967, greatly reducing the need for publicly funded programming options."
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