A Devastating Budget

March 24, 2017
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Dear friends, viewers and supporters of FRONTLINE,

You typically hear from me when I’m eager to share an inside look at one of our upcoming investigations, new innovations or collaborations.

Today my message is even more pressing.

As you’ve probably heard, President Trump’s budget proposal calls for ending funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This is just the beginning of what will likely be a vigorous debate, and it’s worth noting that past calls to end funding of public media have failed due to deep, bipartisan support – in Washington and around the country.

That said, the specter of such cuts is very serious; if they do come to pass, our work, and the work of so many others across public media, would suffer. So, your support is all the more important and appreciated now.

At FRONTLINE, we are dedicated to telling stories others can’t or won’t. We have been bringing you powerful, thought-provoking, investigative journalism for nearly 35 years. Our team of award-winning journalists tackles the toughest, most controversial and complex stories of our time, shining a light in the darkest places and holding those in power accountable.

And because we are public media, we strive to make our journalism available and accessible to all. We proudly air on PBS, and you can also access and stream more than 200 FRONTLINE documentaries online, any time, for free on www.pbs.org/frontline.

Credible, clear-eyed, unflinching reporting combined with a powerful narrative — that is at the heart of what we do and part of a public media mission that you’ve come to rely on and trust. And of course, at FRONTLINE, we answer to no one but you.

And yet, critical funding that makes FRONTLINE possible is in jeopardy. The federal funding for public broadcasting represents less than 1/100th of one percent of the federal budget, while PBS is watched by 82 percent of U.S. households. It’s one of America’s best investments, costing only $1.35 per citizen each year. This investment is critical to providing every American with free access to public media —award-winning educational children’s programming, critical stories about science, history, and culture and, yes, a proven, reliable source of in-depth and informative journalism.

If you feel as I do that public media is essential to our democracy and to enhancing public understanding of the critical issues of our day, please make your voice heard. Visit www.ProtectMyPublicMedia.org to both sign a petition to support continued funding and to find information about the ways public media serves our communities. Let your friends and family know how important public media is to you and watch for updates with additional information on how you can make a difference.

Thank you,
Raney Aronson-Rath
FRONTLINE Executive Producer

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