On May 23, 2017, the President sent his full budget proposal to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which begins in less than five months. Like the “skinny budget” issued in mid-March, it proposes eliminating public media funding.
Our station relies on this essential federal seed money to provide you with the highest quality noncommercial programming and community services.
If WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM/WJUF-FM, and WUFT Classic have educated, informed or inspired you, please visit protectmypublicmedia.org, where you can sign-up for email alerts, and learn why the federal investment is essential to our mission.
Key Facts about Public Media
- More than half of all Americans use public media every month. 170 million Americans connect through 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations, hundreds of online services, and in-person events and activities.
- Public broadcasting is one of the most effective public/private partnerships in America. Annual federal funding amounts to only $1.35 per American and is leveraged by local stations to raise six times that amount from other sources.
- Public broadcasting supports lifelong learning for all Americans. Investments in children’s educational, cultural, public affairs and news programming, digital classroom resources, teacher training, and distance learning have made public broadcasting a leader in lifelong learning.
- Public broadcasting strengthens our democracy. The free flow of ideas and debate helps us participate in the political process as informed citizens.
If you would like to contact your member of Congress here are the Senators and Representatives for Florida Districts 2, 3, and 11.
Sen. Bill Nelson
Contact Form: https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
Sen. Marco Rubio
Contact form: http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Rep. Neal Dunn, District 2
Contact form: https://dunn.house.gov/contact
Rep. Ted Yoho, District 3
Contact form: http://yoho.house.gov/contact
Rep. Daniel Webster, District 11
Contact form: http://webster.house.gov/contact/
You can search for your members of Congress by zip code at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
WUFT is a proud partner of Protect My Public Media, a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The campaign is an effective tool to protect future federal funding for public media. Find out more about the campaign at www.protectmypublicmedia.org.