A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.
The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—and end funding altogether within two years. The loss could kill beloved children's shows like "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur," and "Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.
MORE THE POINT, THIS MOVE WOULD REMOVE NPR NEWS DEPARTMENT, ONE OF THE LAST NON-CORPORATE NON-BIASED SOURCES OF NEWS IN THE US.
The next vote on the cuts will take place tomorrow (Thursday). Help MoveOn reach 400,000 signatures to be delivered to the committee members.