NPR doesn’t fund KBYI (or any other station)Don Day | December 19, 2009
Here’s a January, 2009 item (second story on page) from the NPR Ombudsman that involves KBYI, the university station for BYU-Idaho. It is, as you would imagine, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ for Later-Day Saints.
My question involves the amount of public funding, if any, for the public radio station in Rexburg Idaho run by BYU-Idaho. The reason is, it is the first public station I have heard that is at least 40% filled with religious items. In this case Mormon religious programming. Seems to me that if public funding is involved, then is that right? Thanks Lynn Houdyshell
As the NPR Ombudsman points out, KBYI is not an NPR member station (like Boise State Radio and many others), but does pay to air some NPR programming.
NPR sells its programming to KBYI, even though it is not a member station, because it was determined that KBYI’s overall programming is devoted to “programming of good quality for a general audience which serves demonstrated community needs,” according to NPR’s guidelines.
Public Radio stations can get government funding, of course – but they do so through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The relationship between NPR and CPB (or on the TV side, PBS and CPB) might seem symbiotic, but it’s not. Funding from CPB can be used to buy NPR programming, or for any of a variety of other things. In KBYI’s case, the station does not take government funding.