The Republican presidential candidate now has voiced PBS president/CEO Paula Kerger’s worst fears. On Wednesday Fortune magazine unveiled an interview with Romney with these specifics:
Fortune: You’ve promised to cap government spending at 20% of GDP. Specifically where will you cut?
Already, in July, House Republicans proposed zeroing out by 2015 federal funding for public broadcasting for TV and radio during the same week that PBS received 58 Primetime Emmy nominations. Kerger warned at the summer Television Criticis Association presentation that a number of stations in underserved areas will go dark as a result. It also would affect funding for NPR. Federal funding represents 15% of the PBS budget – but given local differences in how some stations are funded, federal funding can represent 50%-60% of the budget for some stations.
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