This organization is made possible by a grant from the federal government and by support from viewers like you. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, not-for-profit corporation created by the federal government that receives appropriations from Congress to help fund programming for more than 1,000 locally-owned public TV and radio stations. CPB-funded programs are distributed by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR), and Public Radio International (PRI). Funds are also used for research on media and education. CPB was created by Congress in 1967.
Funding for CPB has often been a political hot potato and a target for critics opposed to using government money for educational and cultural programming. Supporters, however, have been just as quick to promote the benefits of publicly funded news and informational programming that addresses groups and issues often ignored by commercial broadcasters.