House subcom okays $40M in station funds

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Emergency funds for pubcastingcleared an important hurdle today, as the House’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcom approved $40 million in “meaningful, urgent relief directly to local stations,” according to an APTS statement. President and CEO Larry Sidman added, “All of public broadcasting is deeply grateful to Chairman [David] Obey [D-Wisc.] and his subcommittee members for providing desperately needed support to stations battered by the most prolonged recession since World War II.” Next steps: The bill progresses to that chamber’s Appropriations Committee, and on to the House floor. The Senate also needs to weigh in. On Capitol Hill Day in February, APTS and station reps lobbied for a $211 million supplemental appropriation for FY2010, or what Sidman termed “an emergency infusion of funding” (Current, Feb. 17).