Florida Governor Vetoes PBS Funds

By Alex Weprin 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has vetoed nearly $4.8 million in funding for the state’s public TV and radio stations. Unless the funds are reinstated, stations will face tighter budgets, potential layoffs, and even the threat of shutdowns for some smaller operations.

The New York Times has more on the matter.

“For me, it is critical; for a small station it might be catastrophic,” said Rick Schneider, president and chief executive of Miami’s WPBT-TV. He said there was “no doubt that people are going to have to look at layoffs” and that he would not be surprised if some stations were shut down. The broadcasters will work to get the funds reinstated, he said.