Governor Jim Justice is announcing that he is reinstating $4.6 million in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget to fund the Educational Broadcasting Authority.
The Governor is working on a deal with West Virginia University to allow Public Broadcasting to become a fully integrated part of WVU in the near future.
Next year’s budget allocation will be a financial bridge to make the transition successful.
“Public Broadcasting is important to our state and our people, and I don’t want to see it disappear,”says Justice, via news release. “We are working with President Gordon Gee to transition West Virginia’s Public Broadcasting into the WVU family. The programs on Public Broadcasting help promote our state to the world and educate our people.”
“Thank you Governor Justice, thank you to all our supporters in WV Legislature, and special thanks to the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting! Onward!” says Scott Finn, of WVPBS, in Charleston, via his Facebook page.
“While the budget process is far from over, we are very pleased with today’s action by Governor Justice to restore to his budget funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting,” says Susan B. Hogan, Chair of Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. We are equally pleased with the conversations that we have been having with the legislative leadership. Both the Governor and legislature have expressed their interest and support for public broadcasting. To our supporters, we say thank you, but keep the calls and e-mails coming as the budget process has only just begun.”
WVPBS is an important broadcast voice that carries news and information about West Virginia to Mountain State Viewers, including educational programming and Mountain Stage broadcasts to the nation. The exposure of Mountain Stage would cost millions more than the $4.6 should West Virginia tourism have to purchase the commercial time.