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Dec 31 2009
Public Broadcasting Commission Member Predicts Flat Funding PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 December 2009

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            A member of the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission was in Kodiak this week and dropped by KMXT for a tour and a visit. Lisa Vaught is in the fourth year of a five-year term on the APBC. She previously worked in the office of then-Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman, and now works as a political campaign consultant.

            Growing up in Cordova, Vaught said public radio was never far away.

 

--          (Vaught 1                    20 sec              "I grew up in Alaska ... the broadcasting commission.")

 

            State funding for public radio has decreased by about 8-million dollars in the past 20 years, and the APBC has been trying to distribute the shrinking pile of money equitably:

 

--          (Vaught 2                    22 sec              "Some people suggested that ... to see that go away.")

 

            Vaught says Governor Sean Parnell's proposed budget for next fiscal year will included neither an increase nor a decrease for public broadcasting:

 

--          (Vaught 3                    54 sec              "I think flat-funding is ... talk to your legislator.")

 

            She says public radio will have to change with the times, which she admitted some stations are doing by streaming they're signals over the internet and putting content on websites. But with state revenues projected to decrease with the decline of oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline, she does not see the state paying for such media upgrades:

 

--          (Vaught 4                    44 sec              "I just think we will have ... forward with the times.")

 

            Vaught is one of nine members on the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission, which meets quarterly to determine capital and operating funding for public radio and television stations in the state of Alaska. The commission's next meeting will be in February.

 

 

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KMXT's Diana Gish contributed to this report.

 
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