Programming and Funding Updates

Hope you are enjoying your summer and have appreciated many of our recent new programs on SOPTV, including Dancing on the Edge, The Tunnel, Shetland, and the Great British Baking Show, Season 3. This month we are looking forward to the final season of Inspector Lewis on Masterpiece, Oregon Lens, and Inside Poldark — our first peek at the upcoming Season 2 of the beloved series, Poldark on Masterpiece, which is scheduled for late September.

It is mid-July at the time of this writing and we are busy closing out Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 and preparing for a new fiscal year, during which we will recognize our 40th year serving Southern Oregon!

Summer also marks the beginning of the 2017 appropriations proceedings on Capitol Hill. SOPTV and other public television and public radio stations are fortunate to enjoy federal support (roughly .012% of the federal budget).  For stations, the appropriation is essentially a matching grant dependent on the support stations receive from their communities through membership, program underwriting, and grants.

Below is a brief summary of where we are as we move into the fall.

The Senate. On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the full Senate Appropriations Committee considered and passed their version of the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) Appropriations Bill, which included full funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) Ready To Learn and the second installment of the multi-year Interconnection infrastructure project (which is how programming is distributed to public television stations).

The House of Representatives. The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee considered and approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 bill on July 7. The following public media funding was included in the bill:

• $445 million for FY 2019 for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) two-year advance

• $10 million for public television’s interconnection system for FY 2017

We are waiting to confirm that the bill also includes funding for Ready to Learn. Next, the full House Appropriations Committee will consider the Labor-HHS-Education Bill. For more information about Public Broadcasting’s federal appropriation go to Protect My Public Media at: http://protectmypublicmedia.org

Mark Stanislawski

President & CEO

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