Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Oversight of Public Television

AFMD-85-31: Published: Dec 21, 1984. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1985.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's (CPB) oversight of public television entities, especially the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), in light of congressional concern over the potential for a financial crisis similar to that which recently affected National Public Radio (NPR).

GAO found that the risk of a financial crisis similar to that which affected NPR is minimal because: (1) while CPB provides all of its public radio funds to NPR, it distributes public television funds to over 250 entities; (2) in most cases, CPB provides less than 30 percent of each public television entity's overall revenue; and (3) unlike NPR, which provides the majority of public radio programming, PBS does not provide a wide variety of services to public television entities. GAO also found that CPB provides adequate oversight of funds provided to public television entities.

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