For immediate release
July 15, 1999

Statement of:
Robert T. Coonrod, President and CEO
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Ervin S. Duggan, President and CEO
Public Broadcasting Service

Kevin Klose, President and CEO
National Public Radio

David Brugger, President and CEO
America's Public Television Stations

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- We are concerned about recent reports that a public television station has exchanged its contributor list with that of a partisan political organization.

We do not condone this practice. In accordance with procedures at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the CPB Inspector General has been informed of these reports.

We are ready, as appropriate, to work with Congress to ensure that such practices, i.e. public broadcasters buying, selling or trading lists with partisan political campaigns and committees, do not take place.

Federal support helps make possible America's only media enterprises dedicated to education and public service. Public broadcasting is comprised of hundreds of television and radio stations that are vital resources in their local communities. Reauthorization of federal funding is an important step ensuring that public broadcasting can continue its widely-recognized service to the nation.