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Trump's budget plan could impact local public radio

President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes defunding of public broadcasting. In Western North Carolina, that would affect the two Blue Ridge Public Radio stations and WNCW. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes defunding of public broadcasting.

In Western North Carolina, that would affect North Carolina Public Television station UNC TV, as well as the two Blue Ridge Public Radio stations and WNCW in Asheville.

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Managers said the cut would mean a loss of $220,000 a year at WCQS and the newly launched BPR news station. They said the average taxpayer provides about $1.35 per year for federal funding of public media.

"The investment in public radio, at least here in Western North Carolina, provides a high quality service, independent journalism, music and arts you can't really find any place else," BPR general manager David Feingold said.

The damage to Blue Ridge Public Radio and its two stations - WCQS and BPR News – would be extensive, a news release from BPR said.

"Without federal funds, BPR could be forced to reduce the news coverage and programs you trust to inform, educate and entertain. It would be a blow to independent public media in Western North Carolina at a critical time," the release said. "This is the most serious threat to free and open public media that we have faced to date."

Right now, the public broadcasting cuts are only a proposal. To stay on top of developments, click here.

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