WGBH-TV’S $80 MILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY DOESN’T HELP SUPPORTERS OF CPTV AND WNPR

A debate is raging across the country over whether taxpayers should subsidize public television and public radio. Here in Connecticut, Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy has called for the defunding of WNPR, the state’s flagship NPR affiliate and CPTV, its television sister.

The exceptionally talented host of the WNPR show “Where We Live” John Dankosky fired back at Healy. Personally, I think CPTV and WNPR (with Dankosky and Colin McEnroe locally and the excellent national programming including “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”) are the best bargains going. But some eye-popping news about public television juggernaut WGBH-TV out of Boston won’t help supporters’ cause.

The Boston Herald reported this week that WGBH raked in more than $80 million in taxpayers’ money over the past six years or so. Not good. Just as conservatives in Washington are trying to defund public television and radio, comes word that WGBH (which was also the creator of “Zoom”), is pulling in that kind of coin when nearly every federal social program is in danger of losing some or all of its funding.