The Future of Public Media

The Future of Public Media

To paraphrase Dickens, you could say that it’s the best of times, and it’s the worst of times for public radio and television in the U.S.
They're enjoying record audiences, and both PBS and NPR have branched into the Internet realm with apps for smartphones, podcasts and other digital offerings.
At the same time, there are new calls to cut government funding for public media in the face of massive budget deficits.
NPR President Vivian Schiller visited public media station WMFE in Orlando last week and spoke with reporter Mark Simpson about these challenges – and the firing of Juan Williams.
We also spoke with Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute about the future of public media and the Juan Williams firing.

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Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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