Federal Endowment Slashes Funding to PBS

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The National Endowment for the Arts has slashed funding for a number of Public Broadcasting Service television shows. PBS President Paul Kerger told The New York Times that the broadcaster "will have to scramble and try to fill the gap."

Live From Lincoln Center received no funding, compared with $100,000 last year. The Metropolitan Opera received $50,000 for its Great Performances at the Met telecasts, one-third less than 2011. Other PBS programs that saw cuts were PBS NewsHour, Independent Lens and American Masters.

More positive news came in the form of a $50,000 grant from the NEA to PBS to create mobile applications. Moving toward a younger demographic, the endowment recently financed a video game that uses the writings of Henry David Thoreau to encourage younger people to write poems via texting.

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