Our guide to state funding of public media

How much does your state spend on public media? Which states spend the most and least per resident? And where does the money go? Our comprehensive guide tracks and explains appropriations to public media in the 36 states where broadcasters receive direct funding. You can also learn more about the overall trends and how much TV and radio each receive.

This survey does not include funding through public universities that is not indicated by a line item in a state’s budget.

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Change in funding for public media between last two budget cycles

Sources: Stations and state budget documents

Public media funding per capita

Sources: Stations and state budget documents, 2017 Census data

Funding details by state

Alabama

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $8,325,365, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: 0.8%

Spending per capita: $1.72

Recipient: Alabama Public Television


Alaska

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $2,716,600, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $3.67

Recipients: The Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission distributes funds based on population size to 26 TV, radio and joint licensees.


Arizona

No state funding


Arkansas

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $5,278,441, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $1.76

Recipient: Arkansas Educational Television Network


California

No state funding


Colorado

No state funding


Connecticut

No state funding


Delaware

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $140,000, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -20%

Spending per capita: $0.18

Recipient: WHYY


Florida

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $9,866,053, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: 1.6%

Spending per capita: $0.50

Recipients: Thirteen public television stations recommended annually by the Commissioner of Education receive $307,447 each. Thirteen public radio stations are allocated $100,000 per station. The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Storm Center receives $166,270. The remainder goes to Florida State University’s WFSU-TV, which operates The Florida Channel, a public affairs programming service.


Georgia

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $15,195,808, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: -0.3%

Spending per capita: $1.45

Recipient: Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission dba Georgia Public Broadcasting


Hawaii

No state funding


Idaho

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $2,585,300, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: -22.3%

Spending per capita: $1.76

Recipient: Idaho Public Television

In FY18, roughly $1 million of Idaho Public Television’s appropriation supported one-time capital replacement funds.


Illinois

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $1,507,100, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: No chante

Spending per capita: $0.01

Recipients: The Illinois Arts Council distributed funds to 11 public radio stations and eight public TV stations in FY 2018. (Details about FY19 funds aren’t yet available.)


Indiana

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $3,675,000, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.55

Recipients: Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations distributes funds to eight public TV stations and nine public radio stations.


Iowa

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $7,948,679, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -1.6%

Spending per capita: $2.57

Recipients: Iowa Public Television received $7,589,415 in FY18; Iowa Public Radio received $359,264.


Kansas

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $500,000, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.17

Recipients: The Kansas Public Broadcasting Council, which divides the amount among four public TV stations and five public TV stations following a formula similar to CPB’s. “It is also weighted to insure that most goes to stations serving rural communities in Kansas,” said Debra Fraser, GM at KMUW in Wichita and chair of the Council.


Kentucky

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $15,374,200, FY17–18

Change from previous appropriation: 3.2%

Spending per capita: $3.33

Recipient: Kentucky Educational Television


Louisiana

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $5,340,220, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -5.5%

Spending per capita: $1.21

Recipient: Louisiana Educational Television Authority


Maine

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $1,500,000, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $1.12

Recipient: Maine Public


Maryland

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $9,567,867, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: 3.2%

Spending per capita: $1.38

Recipients: The Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, licensee of Maryland Public Television, received $8,311,867 in FY19 from the state’s general fund. It also received $1,256,000 from the state’s capital budget for transmission replacement and a new studio.


Massachusetts

No state funding


Michigan

No state funding


Minnesota

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $22,043,000, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: 10.7%

Spending per capita: $1.79

Recipients: Minnesota Public Television Association, Minnesota Public Radio and Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations. MPTA includes five public TV stations; AMPERS distributes funding to 17 community and college stations that qualify for state support.


Mississippi

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $6,099,967, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -11.7%

Spending per capita: $2.31

Recipient: Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, government licensee of Mississippi Public Broadcasting


Missouri

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $1,010,000, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.17

Recipients: The Missouri Arts Council distributes funding to public broadcasters by formula. Seventy-five percent of the appropriation is divided among four public TV stations, with the remaining 25 percent split among 12 public radio stations.


Montana

No state funding


Nebraska

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $20,266,406, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: -1.2%

Spending per capita: $5.26

Recipient: Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission


Nevada

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $1,317,779, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.22

Recipients: Of the $462,725 appropriated annually to public broadcasting through the Department of Education in FYs 2018 and 2019, TV stations Vegas PBS and KNPB in Reno each received $111,979. The remainder, about half of the appropriation, was divided evenly among the state’s four public radio stations. Vegas PBS received an additional annual appropriation of $196,164 for its educational satellite service through its licensee, Clark County School District.


New Hampshire

The state ended funding for public broadcasting in 2012.


New Jersey

No state funding


New Mexico

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $3,107,800, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $1.49

Recipients: Three stations through the University of New Mexico (KNME), New Mexico State University (KRWG) and Eastern New Mexico University (KENW)


New York

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $14,002,000, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.71

Recipients: Nine public television and 17 public radio stations through the New York State Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting


North Carolina

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $9,020,106, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: -1.0%

Spending per capita: $0.44

Recipient: UNC-TV


North Dakota

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $1,200,000, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: -29.4%

Spending per capita: $1.13

Recipient: Prairie Public Broadcasting


Ohio

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $7,676,762, FY18–19 ($3,838,381 each FY)

Change from previous appropriation: -3.0%

Spending per capita: $0.34

Recipients: Thirty-two public radio stations and 12 public television stations through the Broadcast Educational Media Commission


Oklahoma

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $2,682,018, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -5.5%

Spending per capita: $0.72

Recipient: Oklahoma Educational Television Authority


Oregon

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $500,000, FY18–19

Change from previous appropriation: -33.3%

Spending per capita: $0.09

Recipient: Oregon Public Broadcasting


Pennsylvania

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $250,000, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.02

Recipient: State funding is divided among Pennsylvania’s seven public TV stations to support technology needs and operating expenses related to technology. The funds can also cover program-related fees such as acquisition of equipment and production or distribution costs.


Rhode Island

The state ended funding for public broadcasting in 2012.


South Carolina

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $7,200,000, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: 2.9%

Spending per capita: $1.39

Recipient: South Carolina ETV


South Dakota

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $4,206,581, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: 1.1%

Spending per capita: $4.78

Recipient: South Dakota Public Broadcasting

In FY 2016, state funding made up 52 percent of SDPB’s budget. SDPB operates nine TV stations and 11 radio stations.


Tennessee

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $2,786,800, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.10

Recipients: Seven public TV stations in Tennessee receive funds through the Tennessee Public Television Council in the Department of Education.


Texas

No state funding


Utah

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $30,811,640, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: 14.4%

Spending per capita: $8.70 (the most among all states)

Recipient: Utah Education and Telehealth Network


Vermont

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $1, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -100.0%

Spending per capita: $0.43

Recipient: After receiving $271,103 in FY 2017, Vermont PBS saw its state appropriation drop to $1 in FY18. Gov. Phil Scott’s FY19 budget proposed dropping even the last dollar, but the legislature’s budget, now facing a veto from the governor, would preserve it. CEO Holly Groschner said the station is continuing to be “a good education and communication partner” for state agencies. “We know when the time is right, the state will be able to collaborate with us again,” she said.


Virginia

No state funding


Washington

No state funding


West Virginia

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $3,620,570, FY18

Change from previous appropriation: -22.1%

Spending per capita: $2.56

Recipient: Educational Broadcasting Authority, governing body of West Virginia Public Broadcasting


Wisconsin

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $3,757,579, FY19

Change from previous appropriation: 3.8%

Spending per capita: $1.12

Recipients: Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television through the Educational Communications Board


Wyoming

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $3,436,350, FY19–28

Change from previous appropriation: -17%

Spending per capita: $3.26

Recipient: Wyoming PBS, through Central Wyoming College