According to Patrick Butler, President of America's Public Television Stations, around 23,000 people work in public broadcasting across the U.S., many at small town and rural radio and television stations.
Remote areas will be hit hardest if CPB funding — 70 percent of which goes to local stations — is eliminated. Bill Legere, General Manager of Juneau, Alaska's KTOO, oversees a staff of 24 people that run both the public radio and television stations in the state capitol. Funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting makes up about one-third of his budget, but in some smaller towns, CPB grants account for closer to 90 percent of operation costs.
Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that cutting public broadcasting was in the best interest of rural and inner-city Americans.
"Orchestral programming would nearly cease to exist as well. There is really no outlet for interesting Symphony Orchestra work, and the distribution of it without NPR and PBS. This link here is a piece of mine with the Buffalo Symphony that was the subject of a PBS Special. It featured my critically acclaimed "American Seasons" violin concerto which obviously would not have had a chance on commercial T.V. or radio, but still worthy of being promoted and supported I believe. There is really nothing in the pop culture that could make up for the loss I am afraid, not for symphony orchestra."
- Mark O'Conner