CPB budget cut follow-up

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More on the Bush Administration’s proposed cuts to CPB’s appropriations: Pubcaster advocate Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) told Broadcasting & Cable that “the Administration’s proposal to slash funding is short-sighted and I fully expect Congress to reject it. ” Ken Stern, NPR c.e.o., calls for “renewed support” from the more than 2 million citizens who called lawmakers to complain about the last real funding fight in 2005, citing a recent Pew report that highlighted NPR’s growing news offerings. Not all cultural programs fared as poorly as pubcasting–the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Kennedy Center, among others, are slated to receive slight funding bumps, the Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, an OMB spokesman tells the Los Angeles Times that “The administration’s proposal is consistent with the evolving role of public broadcasting in a marketplace that has benefited from the tremendous growth and diversity of programming.”