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NEA Cuts Back Funding for PBS Programs

by Jerome Weeks 25 Apr 2012 12:54 PM

The grants are going to gaming and web-based projects.


The New York Times reports that the National Endowment for the Arts announced this morning sweeping cuts in the grants it gives to established PBS shows, including Live from Lincoln Center, PBS Newshour and Great Performances. Instead, the Arts in Media grants were awarded to a number of gaming and Web-based projects.

In a telephone interview, Alyce Myatt, the endowment’s media arts director, said that while public television and radio remain “the leads, we also know we have a generation — not of kids but adults — who are consuming content online and on mobile.”

Both public and commercial media, she said, are in a fluid state, adding that “As a federal agency I think it’s imperative that we assume a leadership role and help move the field forward.” In particular, she said the endowment hopes to help build a public media sector for gaming, which is now almost entirely commercially driven.