A Message From the President

There is much to be excited about this spring. We just had a successful launch of WFYI's PBS KIDS, the new 24/7 channel on WFYI 2, and we had a record-setting night at the 18th annual Wine Fest at the Old National Centre — thank you! Now, we are welcoming a new chief content officer to our staff, which is a new position for us, and we're on the verge of adding to our health news reporting staff as well. As I said, it's an exciting time!

Despite all the positive momentum, we are in the midst of a very important battle — the one involving federal funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The White House may be trying to reduce or even eliminate the $445 million dollars the CPB receives and allocates to public media stations all over the country, and that could have dire consequences for public broadcasters and the millions of people we serve.

We are incredibly fortunate to have so many generous supporters like you in central Indiana, but this threat is much bigger than WFYI. It's essential that this funding is preserved! The CPB, established 50 years ago when Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, provides funding to public television and radio stations nationwide. These stations reach 99 percent of all Americans and they are the only available source of free local, national and international news, public affairs and cultural programming in many rural areas around the country.

Please take a few minutes to read the information about federal funding included on this page. It will give you a better idea of all the good that comes from public broadcasting at a cost of $1.35 per citizen per year. Then, I would respectfully ask you to visit protectmypublicmedia.org and share your thoughts on the issue.

Again, we can't thank you enough for supporting us in the past, and now we need you to help secure our future. We'll let you know how things progress.

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO