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Thursday, March 19th, 2009
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from: Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, WNET.ORG

In this economy everyone’s looking to save money. I know I sure am. And that includes clipping coupons. ‘Clip and save’ is the slogan of our day.

When it comes to public television, there are no coupons. But instead of ‘clip and save’ you can click and save.

In case you don’t know, New York State has proposed a 50% cut to funding for public television.

A cut of this size is unprecedented and will take New York’s public television stations to a level of state operating aid equal to what we were receiving a decade ago!

If this cut stands, Thirteen and WLIW21 here in New York City will feel the pain.

These severe cutbacks will put many of our educational and local programming efforts in jeopardy – including the annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning (which we just held so successfully this month), our new local series It’s the Economy, New York, and other vital initiatives, as well.

What can you do?

Just visit www.savenypbs.org. This website, created by the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York (APBS), gives you a quick and easy way if you live in New York State to email your local legislators and the governor to let them know how you feel about the proposed budget cuts.

At www.savenypbs.org, you can also find the information you need to call your state representatives and the Governor’s office, if you wish.

It’s quick. It’s easy. And best of all it won’t cost you anything . . . except a minute or two of your time.

But one little click could add up to big, big savings for public television in New York.