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A Threat to Public Broadcasting’s “Spark”

Protect My Public Media

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiAt first, when Ronald Reagan launched his Presidency in 1981, he didn’t like the idea of federal monies going to fund PBS and NPR stations across the country.

 

Then he saw how public-service media stations leveraged a relatively small amount of federal funding to gain private donations. One federal dollar might turn into, say, eight dollars, with citizens, businesses and charitable foundations adding the weight of their support.

 

“Government should provide the spark and the private sector should do the rest,” President Reagan said.

 

We at PBS Hawai‘i believe this is a good public-private partnership, centered on education, public safety and civic leadership. Last year, 9.5 percent of our revenues came from the federal investment.

 

Now comes the Trump Administration, signaling its intention to “privatize” – meaning de-fund – the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the private nonprofit that distributes funds to public media stations. Other Administration targets are the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

As I write this, two weeks before publication, I’m getting ready to go to Washington, D.C. for a national public media summit, at which attendees will seek to determine President Trump’s plans. Is he really going to wage a battle against federal seed money for public broadcasting?

 

The public broadcasting community says the notion of eliminating the federal funding in its mission is “nothing new.” It points out that similar ideas have been “soundly rejected on a bipartisan basis.”

 

According to the industry publication Current, the chair of a key House Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), predicts that such a move would fail because “there is a strong constituency for public broadcasting in both the House and Senate.”

 

Indeed, strong bipartisan support usually results in an appropriation of about $1.35 per year per American. Still, leaders of public broadcasting say they must take funding threats seriously. They’re asking to talk with Administration officials, and station general managers from all over the country are taking their case to Capitol Hill.

 

PBS Hawai‘i’s Board of Directors already has written to Hawai‘i’s Congressional delegates.

 

However, America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) isn’t calling out and mobilizing citizens at this time. Without a fleshed-out proposal from the Trump Administration, leaders are monitoring the situation closely. We are urging viewers to register your support at protectmypublicmedia.org.

 

Aloha a hui hou,
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Two-Year $50,000 Grant from Central Pacific Bank Foundation to PBS Hawaii for NEW HOME

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HONOLULU, HI —The Central Pacific Bank Foundation has made a two-year, $50,000 donation to PBS Hawaii for the renovation and construction of the public television station’s new facility.

 

Pictured from left to right are CPB Senior VP and General Counsel Glenn Ching; CPB Foundation President Denis Isono; Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii CEO; PBS Hawaii Board Members Bettina Mehnert and Kent Tsukamoto.

 

Construction of PBS Hawaii’s 21st-century NEW HOME, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, began in November 2014, and is rising in a graceful curve on Nimitz Highway at the entrance to Sand Island. Hawaii’s only public television station is in the homestretch of capital fundraising, having reached over $26.5 of a $30 million campaign goal.

 

The structure will house a main television studio, a “Learning Zone” for students and teachers, and spaces that promote collaboration and partnerships for innovation.

 

“We are honored to support organizations such as PBS Hawaii that share our commitment to create a better Hawaii,” said CPB Foundation President Denis Isono. “PBS Hawaii already does great work within our state, and the new facility will help to further their reach by enhancing programming and providing additional learning opportunities.”

 

“It is such a great honor to receive this very generous donation from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation,” said Robbie Alm, PBS Hawaii Board Chair. “CPB has had to overcome tremendous odds to even be here today and to be a reflection of their return to great health makes it even more special.”

 

For more information on PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME, naming opportunities or to contribute toward the project’s completion, visit PBSHawaii.org.

 

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Contact: Emily Bodfish
Email: ebodfish@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1169

 

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