House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La., with key Congressional leaders, called on the U.S. General Accounting Office to review funding programs of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
"The last study GAO prepared was nearly 20 years ago," stated Rep. Tauzin in a letter to the comptroller general of the GAO, David Walker. "With significant advancements in public broadcasting, many in Congress believe a current study is needed before reauthorizing CPB in the 108th Congress."
Tauzin added: "As the largest single source of funding, CPB dollars have been crucial both in terms of providing direct support, and in leveraging support from other sources, for public broadcasting system and station operations, and the production of quality programming."
Congress needs to reassess how public dollars are distributed from CPB to stations to ensure fairness.