BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS President Paula Kerger said Saturday she's disappointed public TV's federal funding again is under attack by lawmakers.
The move is ironic, she said, given the impressive number of Emmy Award nominations earned last week by PBS programs, including the popular drama "Downton Abbey." PBS received 58 nods, second only to HBO and CBS.
Public television gets 15 percent of its money from the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with the rest largely contributed by viewers, Kerger told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.
But some stations would lose more than half their money if funds are cut, and a number of them will be forced to "go dark," she said.
A loss of federal dollars "would eliminate public broadcasting in areas I know it's tremendously used," Kerger said. She cited a small Cookeville, Tenn., station that has done "an extraordinary job at being an archive for the culture in that community."