NPR RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION
November 11, 2010
Danielle Deabler, NPR
ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND REFORM PROPOSAL
The National Commission's proposal to eliminate federal funding for public media would have a profound and detrimental impact on all Americans. Public radio is the last remaining source of independent, non-commercial and thought-provoking broadcast media in the country and in some small towns and communities, is the only remaining source of free, accessible local, national and international news and information, music and cultural programming. Public radio stations are located in nearly every major city and small town delivering vital and highly trusted news and information to 37 million Americans each week reaching more citizens than the circulation of the top 120 national newspapers combined.
In a time of media decline, especially in local, international and investigative reporting, public radio's role in fostering an informed society has never been as critical as it is today. The public radio audience is one of the few in media that has consistently grown doubling in the last decade alone.
Federal funding has been a central component of public radio stations' ability to serve audiences across the country. Its imperative for funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy survives and thrives well into the future.