Jun 10, 2005

A House appropriation subcommittee has voted to cut $100 mil from CPB funding, deny $89 mil in DTV and satellite requests from public TV and kill the $23 mil Ready to Learn program, the New York Times reports. G.O.P. leaders say dozens of other spending programs suffered the same fate. APTS President John Lawson asserts that it's "payback" for the Postcards from Buster conflict. On the APTS website, Lawson called the vote "nothing less than a direct attack on public television and radio." APTS has begun a campaign to persuade legislators called No Member Left Behind.
During a visit to WXXI, PBS's Pat Mitchell earns points with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial page for stepping back from conflict over L'affair Tomlinson. "She smartly was not strident in her reaction" to Tomlinson's complaints about Now," the newspaper said.