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Statement on Federal Funding | KCET


Statement on Federal Funding

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PBS SoCal & KCET Funding is at Risk

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget is now public and it proposes the elimination of funding for public media – including your Southern California PBS stations.

Our nation’s non-commercial public media is made possible by a uniquely American, entrepreneurial, public-private partnership. Federal funding is the foundation of that partnership, and a recognition of the proven benefits delivered to the American people through public media. The partnership continues with local stations working with their communities to complete the funding process.

Americans rely on public media for high-quality educational and informational programs that are proven to get their children ready to learn, and that provide opportunities for lifelong learning, such as FRONTLINE, NOVA, Nature, and American Experience, as well as regional programming including SoCal Connected, Lost LA and Tending Nature. Federal funding allows public media to continue to tell America’s evolving story in a way that enhances civic engagement and connects us to one another.

The federal investment in public broadcasting accounts for just $1.35 per citizen per year, and is leveraged by local stations like PBS SoCal and KCET to raise additional funds from other sources. We rely on our community and corporate sponsors, as well as our individual supporters and members, to provide the additional funds we require to provide our programs and community services to our Southern California audiences. Please stand with us to share your support for PBS.

You Can Help

Soon, Congress will start making funding decisions. If you value PBS SoCal and KCET, please join the effort at Protect My Public Media where you can contact your lawmakers, sign up for email alerts, and learn why the federal investment is essential to our mission. The Protect My Public Media effort will remind lawmakers that the public overwhelmingly supports continued public media funding.




Public Media Group of Southern California

The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV – are available for free on internet-connected screens, seven local broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel.

A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations, and delivers social impact through services that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.