Possible 50 percent-plus state cut faces pubcasters in South Carolina

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South Carolina Educational TV is the latest in an ever-growing number of stations facing state budget cuts. ETV finds out Tuesday (June 15) if it will see over 50 percent cut, more than $5 million of its $10 million in state support, the South Carolina Radio Network reports. On Friday (June 11) ETV posted an “emergency alert” asking viewers to contact state legislators to protest the cutback, which it says would have a “crippling effect” on services. ETV is statewide network with 11 pubTV stations, eight radio transmitters and a closed circuit educational telecommunications system to schools statewide. The cut may force ETV to discontinue its public safety and local government training, it said. It came in the form of a veto by the governor.

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