NPR taxpayer subsidies closer to 29%, Corp. for Public Broadcasting gives $90 million to stations-Slate
- when it changed its name from National Public Radio to NPR....
- only about 2 percent of its $161.8 million annual budget from
- The biggest source of NPR revenues, the network states,
- "comes from program fees and station dues
- paid by member stations that broadcast NPR programs." On average, those program fees and dues account for about
- 41 percent of NPR's revenues.
But where do the member stations get their loot? As Tim Graham of the Media Research Center wrote in 2008, "NPR receives substantial money from the CPB—through member stations," a fact that can be easily gleaned on the NPR Web site. In Fiscal Year 2008, NPR acknowledges on its site,
- CPB funds accounted for 10.1 percent of all public-radio-station revenue.
The New York Times puts the dollar amount of CPB largesse to local stations at about $90 million.
- In what looks suspiciously like money laundering, the feds give money to CPB,
- CPB gives $90 million of it to member stations,
- and the local stations give a chunk of it
- to NPR.
- another 5.8 percent of their revenues from federal, state, and local government.
- Universities, many publicly supported, chip in another 13.6 percent.
- could be as high as 29 percent.
- obviously higher than 2 percent...
Republican threats (to defund NPR) never go anywhere...because the GOP's primary goal is to "whip" the networks into line, not to defund them. NPR and PBS have been such useful campaign targets for Republicans that if they didn't exist, the Republicans would have to invent them."...
- 10/25, "The best way to end Republican meddling with NPR: Kill it, and let it be reborn," Slate, Jack Shafer, via RadioDailyNews