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: $8,953,810, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 7%

Spending per capita: $1.72

Recipient: Alabama Public Television


Alaska

Alaska’s governor cut all funding for public broadcasting in the state in FY2020.


Arizona

No state funding


Arkansas

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $5,465,076, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 3.5%

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: $175,000, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: None

Spending per capita: $0.18

Recipient: WHYY


Florida

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $12,896,793, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 30.7%

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. In FY20, legislators appropriated $2.9 million for projects “to correct health and safety issues” at a number of stations.


Georgia

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $15,308,306, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: -0.7%

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: $2,925,200, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 13.1%

Spending per capita: $1.76

Recipient: Idaho Public Television


Illinois

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $1,507,100, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $0.01


Indiana

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $7,350,000, FY20–21

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: $8,190,062, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 1.2%

Spending per capita: $2.57

Recipients: In FY20 the legislature appropriated $7,739,415 for Iowa Public Television, with an increase of $50,000 over the previous year and an additional $100,000 to restore overnight broadcasts, and $350,648 for Iowa Public Radio.


Kansas

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $500,000, FY20

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: FY19 — $16,566,200; FY20 —$16,925,900

Change from previous appropriation: 9.3%

Spending per capita: $3.33

Recipient: Kentucky Educational Television


Louisiana

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation$8,697,256, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: -1.4%

Spending per capita: $1.21

Recipient: Louisiana Educational Television Authority, WYES-TV, WLAE-TV


Maine

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $3,000,000, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $1.12

Recipient: Maine Public


Maryland

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $30,446,653, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 15%

Spending per capita: $1.38

Recipients: The Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, licensee of Maryland Public Television.


Massachusetts

No state funding


Michigan

No state funding


Minnesota

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $15,870,000, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: -15.7%

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. In FY20, $75,000 will go to AMPERS for the Veterans’ Voices program, which will educate and engage communities regarding veterans’ contributions, knowledge, skills, and experiences with an emphasis on Korean War veterans. And $950,000 in the first year is for a grant to Twin Cities Public Television to produce Minnesota Journeys: Capturing, Sharing, and Understanding Our Immigration History.


Mississippi

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $6,754,544, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 10.6%

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, FY20

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: $20,947,850, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: 3.3%

Spending per capita: $5.26

Recipient: Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission. In FY20–21, $19,979,207 will go to television; $968,643 will go to radio.


Nevada

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $1,349,100, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: 2.3%

Spending per capita: $0.22

Recipients: $423,650 of the FY20–21 appropriation is supporting Vegas PBS and KNPB in Reno to establish a statewide school-safety datacasting service.


New Hampshire

The state ended funding for public broadcasting in 2012.


New Jersey

No state funding


New Mexico

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $3,143,600, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 1.4%

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, FY20

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, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $1.13

Recipient: Prairie Public Broadcasting


Ohio

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $8,636,762, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: 3.9%

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: $2,842,713, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 2.2%

Spending per capita: $0.72

Recipient: Oklahoma Educational Television Authority


Oregon

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $1,000,000, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: 100%

Spending per capita: $0.09

Recipient: Oregon Public Broadcasting


Pennsylvania

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $750,000, FY20

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: $7,563,395, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 3.8%

Spending per capita: $1.39

Recipient: South Carolina ETV


South Dakota

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $4,206,581, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: No change

Spending per capita: $4.78

Recipient: South Dakota Public Broadcasting, which operates nine TV stations and 11 radio stations.


Tennessee

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $2,786,800, FY20

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

Vermont does not provide funding for public media. In FY18, lawmakers cut funding for Vermont PBS from $271,103 to $1. Gov. Phil Scott proposed cutting that last dollar in FY19, but the legislature restored it. In FY20, Scott got his way.


Virginia

No state funding


Washington

No state funding


West Virginia

Budget cycle: Annual

Most recent appropriation: $3,830,691, FY20

Change from previous appropriation: 1.9%

Spending per capita: $2.56

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


Wisconsin

Budget cycle: Biennial

Most recent appropriation: $12,781,300, FY20–21

Change from previous appropriation: -0.9%

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, FY19–20

Change from previous appropriation: -17%

Spending per capita: $3.26

Recipient: Wyoming PBS, through Central Wyoming College