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Relief Bill Would Give University Licensees Access to PPP Loans

Hundreds of public broadcasters licensed to universities would be eligible for financial relief through the Paycheck Protection Program under a change to the program included in the COVID relief bill passed by Congress.

Public broadcasters that are community licensees have received millions of dollars through the forgivable loans program to offset financial losses caused by the pandemic, especially to corporate support. But broadcasters affiliated with larger institutions were not eligible for the program.

A provision in the bill would change the affiliation rule to allow news outlets that are owned by larger entities to have access to the funds. READ MORE AT CURRENT... 

Public Broadcasters Get Shot in the Arm From COVID Relief Bill

The $900 billion COVID relief package overwhelmingly approved by Congress on will provide a major shot in the arm for some 1,500 public radio and television stations. The massive 5,593-page bill includes $475 million – a $10 million increase – for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's fiscal year advance appropriation; $20 million for the public broadcasting interconnection system; and $29.5 million for the Department of Education’s Ready to Learn program, which supports educational public media content for our nation’s youngest learners. READ MORE AT INSIDE RADIO...

Diversity Gains Haven’t Shown up in Local News

2020 forced several newsrooms to — finally — reckon with the complaints that journalists of color have lobbed for years: The industry is too white, male, and straight. Our collective failure to recruit, develop, and retain talented journalists who don’t fit into any of the above has resulted in narrow coverage of the world around us. The consequence is Americans’ failure to understand what’s going on in their own backyards. READ MORE AT NIEMAN LAB... 

The Download, Podcasting’s Metric King, Gets Dethroned

It seems that measuring podcast success and setting advertising rates on a faulty CPM formula built on an inflated unit of measure could lead to serious consequences — maybe even an analytics bubble, to borrow a term from economics. It seems the King, like the infamous emperor, has no clothes. READ MORE AT NIEMAN LAB... 

And wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2021 from Public Media Company!