KET responds to proposed budget cuts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Educational Television (KET) released a statement in response to proposed federal budget cuts for public broadcasting.

Here is the statement in its entirety:

We are deeply concerned that funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is eliminated in the proposed federal budget released today.

Federal funding is essential to KET and all public broadcasting stations.

An independent study by Booz & Company concluded that federal funding is essential to maintaining public broadcasting service in the United States. It also determined that ending federal funding would severely diminish, and ultimately destroy, public broadcasting.

KET receives approximately $3.4 million in annual funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is approximately $0.78 per Kentuckian. These funds help make possible a majority of KET’s local productions, including Kentucky Tonight, Comment on Kentucky, Kentucky Life and more; as well as the development and delivery of digital educational resources.

KET is one of the nation’s largest public broadcasting networks and the largest nonprofit GED education publisher in the country. As one of the most-trusted sources for educational programs and services, KET is used in every Kentucky public school and by more than one million people each week.

It’s important that members of Congress hear directly from their constituents. We are encouraging everyone to contact their Representative and Senators to express their views about KET and the proposed elimination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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