Arts, Entertainment, Living
WQED Multimedia chief operating officer Deborah Acklin sent an e-mail to WQED members on Wednesday informing them that the non-profit media company's state funding was even less than expected:
The news is even worse than we thought. The state's original 88% reduction in
funding to WQED was further reduced to a total 93% cut in operating support. In
dollar terms, WQED's operating funding from the state was reduced to $74,000
almost overnight. This is not a misprint. Funding to WQED was almost totally
As you know, WQED has drastically reduced expenses over the last two years. We cannot cut any further without impacting the PBS lineup, NPR programming, the local programs that you enjoy on WQED-TV and Classical WQED-FM, and our educational and community engagement efforts.