69 House Members Join Public Broadcasting Caucus; Public Broadcasters Thank Members at First Caucus Meeting

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from APTS from ,CPB from from

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Public broadcasters have an important
 new ally on Capitol Hill.  Nearly 70 Members of the House of Representatives
 have joined the Public Broadcasting Caucus, chaired by Representatives Earl
 Blumenauer (D-OR), Amo Houghton (R-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-
 MA), Connie Morella (R-MD) and Zach Wamp (R-TN). The caucus is designed to
 ensure that the American people continue to benefit from the noncommercial,
 educational, locally managed programs and services provided by public
 television and radio stations and programmers.
     The presidents of the four national public broadcasting organizations and
 dozens of local station general managers from around the country gathered at
 the Rayburn House Office Building today to express their appreciation to the
 members of the caucus. The caucus will educate House members on issues of
 importance to public television and radio, and provide a vehicle to support
 public broadcasting's legislative and regulatory initiatives.  Puppet
 characters from the PBS KIDS Ready to Learn series, Between the Lions, joined
 Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host, in a humorous program thanking
 Chairmen Blumenauer and Wamp and the other members of the caucus for their
 leadership on behalf of public broadcasting.
     "Public Broadcasting has always enjoyed strong bi-partisan support in
 Congress," said Robert T. Coonrod, president and CEO of the Corporation for
 Public Broadcasting (CPB), "and this new group will be a tremendous asset in
 furthering that support for our mission of providing valuable education
 services to the American people."
     National Public Radio president and CEO Kevin Klose added, "Our 600 public
 radio stations and their millions of listeners throughout the country
 appreciate the caucus' support and anticipate that it will serve as an
 effective forum for discussion of the complex policy issues facing public
 radio."
     Members of the caucus pledge to support:
 
     -- A strong and financially sound noncommercial, universal, educational
        broadcasting service for the American people;
     -- Policies that ensure the continued growth and vitality of public
        broadcasting programs and services;
     -- A high level of financial support for public broadcasting's transition
        to digital production and transmission; and
     -- Strategies and policies that allow the public broadcasting community to
        take full advantage of new technologies to produce and deliver quality
        educational, cultural and informational programs and services.
 
     "PBS looks forward to working with the caucus to strengthen the unique and
 important role that public television plays in providing nonviolent and
 educational programs and services to America's children and their families,"
 said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service.
     The newly named president and CEO of the Association of America's Public
 Television Stations (APTS), John Lawson, added, "We thank the members of the
 caucus for coming together at this crucial time, when public television
 stations are gearing up for a transition to digital television that will
 multiply their ability to provide valuable learning opportunities to their
 communities."
     CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967,
 develops public radio, television and online services for the American people.
 A grant-making organization that is the largest source of funds for national
 public television and radio program development and production, CPB also funds
 more than 1,000 public radio and television stations.
     NPR is a private nonprofit corporation that produces and distributes
 award-winning programming such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered,
 Performance Today and Car Talk, in partnership with more than 600 member
 stations.  NPR member stations are independent entities, licensed to a variety
 of nonprofit organizations, local communities, colleges, universities and
 other institutions.
     PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, nonprofit media
 enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 347 public television stations.
 Serving nearly 100 million people each week, PBS enriches the lives of all
 Americans through quality programs and education services on noncommercial
 television, the Internet and other media.
     APTS advocates for federal funding for the Corporation for Public
 broadcasting's annual appropriation, the Public Telecommunications Facilities
 Program (PTFP) at the Department of Commerce and for programs relevant to
 public television at the Department of Education and other federal agencies.
 
 

SOURCE APTS; CPB; NPR; PBS
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Public broadcasters have an important
 new ally on Capitol Hill.  Nearly 70 Members of the House of Representatives
 have joined the Public Broadcasting Caucus, chaired by Representatives Earl
 Blumenauer (D-OR), Amo Houghton (R-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-
 MA), Connie Morella (R-MD) and Zach Wamp (R-TN). The caucus is designed to
 ensure that the American people continue to benefit from the noncommercial,
 educational, locally managed programs and services provided by public
 television and radio stations and programmers.
     The presidents of the four national public broadcasting organizations and
 dozens of local station general managers from around the country gathered at
 the Rayburn House Office Building today to express their appreciation to the
 members of the caucus. The caucus will educate House members on issues of
 importance to public television and radio, and provide a vehicle to support
 public broadcasting's legislative and regulatory initiatives.  Puppet
 characters from the PBS KIDS Ready to Learn series, Between the Lions, joined
 Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host, in a humorous program thanking
 Chairmen Blumenauer and Wamp and the other members of the caucus for their
 leadership on behalf of public broadcasting.
     "Public Broadcasting has always enjoyed strong bi-partisan support in
 Congress," said Robert T. Coonrod, president and CEO of the Corporation for
 Public Broadcasting (CPB), "and this new group will be a tremendous asset in
 furthering that support for our mission of providing valuable education
 services to the American people."
     National Public Radio president and CEO Kevin Klose added, "Our 600 public
 radio stations and their millions of listeners throughout the country
 appreciate the caucus' support and anticipate that it will serve as an
 effective forum for discussion of the complex policy issues facing public
 radio."
     Members of the caucus pledge to support:
 
     -- A strong and financially sound noncommercial, universal, educational
        broadcasting service for the American people;
     -- Policies that ensure the continued growth and vitality of public
        broadcasting programs and services;
     -- A high level of financial support for public broadcasting's transition
        to digital production and transmission; and
     -- Strategies and policies that allow the public broadcasting community to
        take full advantage of new technologies to produce and deliver quality
        educational, cultural and informational programs and services.
 
     "PBS looks forward to working with the caucus to strengthen the unique and
 important role that public television plays in providing nonviolent and
 educational programs and services to America's children and their families,"
 said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service.
     The newly named president and CEO of the Association of America's Public
 Television Stations (APTS), John Lawson, added, "We thank the members of the
 caucus for coming together at this crucial time, when public television
 stations are gearing up for a transition to digital television that will
 multiply their ability to provide valuable learning opportunities to their
 communities."
     CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967,
 develops public radio, television and online services for the American people.
 A grant-making organization that is the largest source of funds for national
 public television and radio program development and production, CPB also funds
 more than 1,000 public radio and television stations.
     NPR is a private nonprofit corporation that produces and distributes
 award-winning programming such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered,
 Performance Today and Car Talk, in partnership with more than 600 member
 stations.  NPR member stations are independent entities, licensed to a variety
 of nonprofit organizations, local communities, colleges, universities and
 other institutions.
     PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, nonprofit media
 enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 347 public television stations.
 Serving nearly 100 million people each week, PBS enriches the lives of all
 Americans through quality programs and education services on noncommercial
 television, the Internet and other media.
     APTS advocates for federal funding for the Corporation for Public
 broadcasting's annual appropriation, the Public Telecommunications Facilities
 Program (PTFP) at the Department of Commerce and for programs relevant to
 public television at the Department of Education and other federal agencies.
 
 SOURCE  APTS; CPB; NPR; PBS