Update About Funding Public Broadcasting
...that 73 percent of television viewers say that public television sets the standards for quality on television overall?
...that the majority of support for the quality programs you see each week come from individual viewers just like you?
...AETN has a special focus on the educational needs of our children and their families?
Viewers and donors such as you make it possible for AETN to continue to be of tremendous value to Arkansans of all ages because we:
- Provide a place where all points of view can be expressed
- Help educate learners of all ages
- Are a safe haven for children
- Offer programs that educate, enrich and inspire
- Reach beyond the television screen to make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.
AETN Means Local Service
Arkansas has many new faces in the Arkansas statehouse and in Washington, D.C., and with new faces comes a need to either familiarize or re-familiarize those leaders about how important AETN is in our state. If you feel the same, let your representatives working in Little Rock and Washington know how you feel about AETN.
Key items from the latest Roper survey say:
For the seventh year in a row, PBS ranks as the most trusted institution among seven public institutions measured, dramatically out-scoring the other institutions: 45 percent trusted PBS “a great deal” with courts of law following second by a distant 26 percent of respondents. You’ll find that the survey results highlight what you may already instinctively know: that public television is trustworthy, an exceptional value for your tax dollars, a great resource for children and teachers, and a leader in addressing current issues of the day.
More than 75 percent of respondents indicated that PBS does well (responding “very well” or “moderately well”) in addressing the following issues:
- Providing people with access to arts and culture (88%)
- Promoting an understanding of American history (84%)
- Improving literacy (81%)
- Promoting an understanding of science and technology (81%)
- Informing people of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity (81%)
- Providing access to a variety of viewpoints (78%)
- Informing people about health issues (77%)
- Informing people of important political and social issues (76%)
America’s unique public broadcasting system is a collaboration of 1,300 local, non-commercial radio and television stations that meet the standards of, and are supported by, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In Arkansas, AETN and our state’s public radio stations work with hundreds of national and local producers and community partners to ensure universal access to high-quality, non-commercial programming.