Bipartisan support waning, pubcasters fret

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Jennifer Ferro, general manager of KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, Calif., was among pubcasters who spent time on Capitol Hill this week urging members of Congress to preserve funding, reports the Los Angeles Times. But it’s a tough challenge without bipartisan backing. “The Democratic lawmakers I talked to said, ‘We can’t help. There’s nothing happening across the aisle,'” Ferro told the paper. Steve Bass, president of Oregon Public Broadcasting and a member of the NPR board of directors, said he’s worried that the bipartisan support the system historically enjoyed has been eroded by former NPR exec Ron Schiller’s comments in the video sting.

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