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PBS Chief: ‘Too Early to Tell’ Donald Trump’s Impact on Public Broadcasting

15 January 2017 10:35 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS is bracing for the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said that it was “too early to tell” what President-elect Donald Trump’s impact on federal funding for public broadcasting might be.

“We have periodically gone through periods where our funding has been at risk,” Kerger said. Funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting did not become a topic in the 2016 election — as it did in 2012, when Republican nominee Mitt Romney openly discussed eliminating Cpb funding in a debate with President Obama. But House Speaker Paul Ryan has long been an advocate of eliminating such funding.

In 2016, the federal government provided $445 million to the Cpb. The bulk of that money goes to operational costs at local stations.

“We work very hard talking to legislators about the importance of federal funding,” Kerger said. “It »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Embeds’ Trailer: First Look At Megyn Kelly-Produced Political Comedy Series

6 January 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

We’re getting the first look at Embeds, an upcoming original political comedy series executive produced by Megyn Kelly, Michael de Luca and Scott Conroy. The digital series from Complex Networks’ Seriously.TV was inspired by Conroy's and co-creator Peter Hamby's experiences as journalists for CBS News and CNN on the road with Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin's presidential campaigns. The six-episode, half-hour scripted comedy focuses on five recent college graduates working as… »

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