NEA cuts funding to PBS in favor of new media initiatives

Posted on: April 26, 2012

In Thursday’s (4/26) New York Times, Elizabeth Jensen writes, “The National Endowment for the Arts made sweeping cuts in its support of established PBS shows on Wednesday, and for the first time awarded significant grants to an array of gaming, mobile and Web-based projects. Among the PBS programs receiving significantly less financing under the 2012 Arts in Media grants were ‘Live From Lincoln Center,’ which was awarded $100,000 last year and nothing this year. The Metropolitan Opera received $50,000 for its national ‘Great Performances at the Met’ telecasts, $100,000 less than in 2011. WNET in New York received $50,000 to support other ‘Great Performances’ productions and the same amount for ‘American Masters,’ compared to $400,000 for each last year. ‘The N.E.A. and PBS have been longtime partners,’ [Paula Kerger, PBS’s president and chief executive] said … ‘We do what is the mission of the N.E.A. We bring arts to every home across the country.’ … Alyce Myatt, the endowment’s media arts director, said that while public television and radio remain ‘the leads, we also know we have a generation—not of kids but adults—who are consuming content online and on mobile.’ … Over all the endowment made 78 grants, up from 64 in 2011, totaling $3.55 million, down from $4 million last year. Eligible applications more than doubled to 329, Ms. Myatt said.”

Posted April 26, 2012