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OETA navigates shrinking state funds

By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World Modified: August 25, 2014 at 5:45 am •  Published: August 25, 2014

For now, Oklahomans can still get to Sesame Street, but cuts to state appropriations for OETA have meant scaled-back local programming.

Further loss of revenue for the station could mean deeper programming cuts or even put the station’s reach to rural areas in jeopardy, OETA’s executive director warns.

Since fiscal year 2010, state appropriations to the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority have dropped 19 percent. OETA’s workforce has decreased by nearly 10 full-time positions. Cuts are even larger when comparing state funding and personnel to the levels they were at during the mid-2000s.

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