Proposed 50 percent NY fund cut stuns pubcasters

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New York’s public broadcasters were shocked by Gov. David Paterson’s proposed 50 percent cut in state funding, a move they say may force staff and programming reductions, according to the Times-Union in Albany. The budget, presented last week, reduces the state’s subsidy for public broadcasting to $9.4 million divided among nine pubTV stations and 17 pubradio stations. Peter Repas, executive director of the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York, says his group will lobby hard against the cuts. “If implemented, this cut will change the face of public broadcasting in New York,” he says.