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Gov. Rick Scott's veto of public TV and radio funding spares capital's WFSU

Even as public television and radio stations across Florida work furiously to cope with the recent veto of nearly $4.8 million in state funding, there is one public broadcaster that will see its state support increased.

WFSU in Tallahassee will receive $2.8 million that Gov. Rick Scott left untouched in next year's budget, specifically funding TV and radio projects often focused on the workings of state government.

The cash includes $1.8 million for the Florida Channel, a TV outlet based in the state Capitol that features live, unedited coverage of the governor and Cabinet, Legislature and Supreme Court. There's another $340,862 provided for closed captioning of the channel.

WFSU also gets $497,522 for "statewide government and cultural affairs programming," which includes funding for the 30-year-old Florida Crossroads documentary series and the Florida Public Radio Network — a service to all public radio stations in the state that provides "in-depth coverage of the Florida Legislature, state government and issues that affect the state."

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[Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 12:06pm]


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