Drama on WTVPÖ
For the past three years that included fan favorites like
Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Inspector Lewis. This year drama on
Public Television expanded to include Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge.
Iím told the first rule of questioning a witness is not to
ask a question to which you donít already know the answer, so I feel confident in asking:
Who has better drama than PBS? For that matter, who consistently has better science, better
childrenís programming, more unbiased news presentation, and greater performances? And who
does it without commercial interruption? Only PBS. And we are only able to do it thanks to
your generous financial support. Thank you.
WTVPís fiscal year ends this month. Itís the time we look back
to see how well we performed against budget and to look ahead at budgeting for the coming
year. For the year ending, we are projecting a slight shortfall in operations and will end
up with a bit of red ink. Revenue from federal support was reduced from what was planned
thanks to the sequestration that went into effect March 1, and State of Illinois support
was also less than expected. Membership contributions, especially from major donors are also
down slightly, while program costs continue to rise. Many are still feeling the pinch.
During this month, WTVP will have its annual (short)
membership drive and there will also be the annual fiscal year end appeal to help us end the
year on June 30, in a more balanced manner. Please be as generous as you can. If you find that
you are spending more time with your television and more quality time with Public Television,
you know that quality of programming has a direct correlation to your generosity.
[Become a Member Today!]
Thank you again for all you do in supporting WTVP. We are able
to celebrate 41 years of service to you and Central Illinois only because of your support.
Youíre the best!