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WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."
The bill, passed 228-192 along mainly partisan lines, would bar federal funding of NPR and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs. The prospects of support in the Democratic-controlled Senate are slim. Seven Republicans broke ranks to vote...
John Merline - AOL News
On Monday, National Public Radio's now-departed CEO Vivian Schiller made an impassioned plea for continued federal funding, saying that cutting taxpayer money would have "a profound impact" on public broadcasting.
"Modest as it is," she said at the National Press Club, "government funding is critical because it allows taxpayers to leverage a small investment into a very large one. It is seed money."
Then, on Tuesday, a secretly taped video came out showing NPR's now-former senior vice president for fundraising, Ron Schiller, saying exactly the opposite. "It is very clear," he said at a...
Andrea Stone - AOL News
WASHINGTON -- Republicans set on eliminating taxpayer funding of public broadcasting would be hard-pressed to write a better script than the recent comedy of errors that reached a dramatic climax today with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's resignation.
The public radio network survived efforts by conservative lawmakers in 1995 and 2005 to cut funding for what they have charged is an elitist mouthpiece for the left. But in the wake of a video sting by a right-wing provocateur that fit perfectly into that image, and in the midst of a debate on Capitol Hill to shrink the federal deficit, NPR's future...
Andrea Stone - AOL News
WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of NPR laid out the case today for rejecting Republican lawmakers' efforts to end federal funding for public broadcasting, even while acknowledging that the network had a "perception" problem for its poor handling of the firing of commentator Juan Williams and other missteps.
Five months after the controversial sacking of the Fox News regular, NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller admitted executives acted too hastily. In January, the Williams fiasco claimed the head of NPR news, Ellen Weiss, and stripped Schiller of her 2010 bonus.
Days later, a rattled NPR...
Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
As America recovers from its agonizing scrimmage over health care, the United Kingdom is embroiled in its own version of a national identity crisis: Where does Britain's publicly financed, bellwether broadcaster -- the BBC -- fit in a competitive, digital age?
Most Americans have at least a passing familiarity with the British Broadcasting Corp. They've heard those erudite-sounding British voices offering news from far away places like Sri Lanka on National Public Radio. Or they've watched some of the BBC's most popular television exports, including such comedies as "The Office" or the...