Love your Idaho Public Television? Here’s your chance to show your support for continued state funding of the free channel.
Friends of IdahoPTV have started a statewide campaign, aptly named Save Idaho Public Television, to show legislators the support that the organization has across the state. Organizers are asking the public to contact their legislators, especially members of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, by Wednesday, Jan. 27. Why so soon? That’s when the committee will take its first look at Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proposed phase-out of state funding for IdahoPTV—currently $1.7 million per year.
“We are urging all Idahoans who value IPTV’s quality programming and educational excellence to take immediate action and ask their legislators to reject the proposal to eliminate state funding,” said Jerry Evans, former state superintendent of public instruction and the spokesperson for the new group in a press release.
Save Idaho Public Television has also launched a new Web site to explain just what the loss of state funds would mean, which would include drastically slashing the range of the broadcast area, meaning many rural areas would lose access to public television.
Supporters have also been flocking to join a Facebook group to show support for the organization. As of Monday, Jan. 25, the group had 2,638 members.