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The very existence of public television is being threatened according to PBS CEO Paula Kerger.


Kreger spoke in Michigan on Friday and she says President Trump's proposed budget would cut Federal money to their 350 non-commerical TV stations across the country.


Those stations get direct funding from the federal government for such shows as Antiques Road Show, This Old House, Nova, Masterpiece Theater, and Sesame Street.


Studies show that PBS children’s programming yields long-lasting positive benefits, especially for kids who don’t attend preschool, and lack other educational resources at home.


Kreger notes smaller, rural stations are much more dependent on federal funds and there’s really no substitute for that.



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