NPR brings in revenue from its member station dues along with corporate sponsorships, contributions from universities, every level of government, and its listeners. The dues, along with licensing and merchandising fees stations pay to NPR are used to fund top rated news programs, provide stations representation in regards to regulation and Congressional matters, and allowing access to other media services. Corporate sponsorship functions as a commercial. Stations air acknowledgments which help raise the name of a business and attract other potential sponsors. Endowments, contributions, and grants provide cultural and educational development. NPR expenses primarily involve technical support, production, distribution, mobile and web media, and maintaining the public radio satellites. The rest funds legal matters, facility maintenance, and communications management.
NPR. (2011). Public radio finance. Retrieved March 28, 2011, from http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.html
The Public Broadcasting Act (1967) stipulates, “The Corporation may not contribute to or otherwise support any political party or candidate for elective public office. (United States Congress, 1967).
United States Congress. (1968). Public Broadcasting Act of
1967 § 396, 47 U.S.C. § 396. Retrieved April 2, 2011, from http://www.cpb.org/aboutpb/act/
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