Dear Friend of NPT:
You may have heard about the president’s FY 2018 budget proposing the elimination of federal funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, among other things. Even with the important contributions of viewers and supporters, there is no viable replacement for federal funding of the CPB – it is essential for our nation’s and our region’s public media stations.
Public media is one of America’s best investments. Currently, the cost of public media to American taxpayers is just $1.35 per person, per year. From that small per-person contribution, your public media stations do great things, including providing enriching and informative programming for all ages, especially series focusing on early-childhood education.
Here at NPT, we also produce high-quality original programming highlighting important issues and aspects of our Middle Tennessee community (our Aging Matters series of documentaries, for example). We also provide a number of services to our community, ranging from free literacy workshops for children and their families to free movie screenings and discussions.
I know many of you want to know how you can show your support for continued federal funding of public media. You’ll find suggestions at the Protect My Public Media website (http://protectmypublicmedia.org).
Please remember the announcement of this FY2018 budget is just the first step in a long process. Rest assured that NPT will continue to do what we do best: providing quality, informative programming that you have come to trust and appreciate.
President and CEO
Nashville Public Television