WBEZ | defunding http://www.wbez.org/tags/defunding Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The argument for defunding NPR http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-17/argument-defunding-npr-83860 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/NPR sign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If the Republican-led House has its way, federal funds for all public broadcasters will soon end. The House Rules Committee recently voted 6-5 to defund NPR. The bill will now move to the floor for debate. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars for the <a href="http://cpb.org/" target="_blank">Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a>. That&rsquo;s the private non-profit entity that allocates federal funds to public radio and TV stations across the country. At WBEZ about six percent of the annual funding is from the CPB.<em><br /><br />Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://www.theglobalist.com/AuthorBiography.aspx?AuthorId=667" target="_blank">Ron Grossman</a>, a reporter for the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, about why NPR should be defunded.&nbsp;He wrote an article with his argument, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-11/news/ct-oped-0311-npr-20110311_1_npr-executive-vivian-schiller-public-radio-listeners" target="_blank">&quot;Time to pay for your own NPR&quot;</a>.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> also reached out to four of Illinois&rsquo; Republican Congressman to join the discussion. None of them were available.</p><p><em><br /></em></p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story.</em><br /><em><br />An earlier version of this story misstated that Congress was Republican-led. Only the House of Representatives is controlled by the Republican Party.</em></p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-17/argument-defunding-npr-83860