The newer media markets have founded their programs through a large audience of paid subscriptions and film studios. In contrast, the older media as public broadcasting, receive their funding from the federal government, corporations, foundations and most importantly, viewers. The 2018 budget proposal puts the future of PBS at risk of losing the federal funding and having to rely on more viewer sponsorship. The privatization of public stations will not stop their production but it will rather make it less accessible for non-cable or Netflix homes. The value that PBS has is found on the impact that its culture, news, and educational shows leaves on its nationwide viewers.
In conclusion, we are interested in the newer media markets being able to continue their broadcasting and observing their impact in homes. Time will tell what will occur with the public broadcasting stations. It is important to keep in mind those children that rely on their shows to learn math skills that their parents cannot teach them and how they improve their vocabulary after every show. PBS shows how this form of old media can inform the digital age by demonstrating its importance and its valuable product that has been able to adapt to current consumer trends.
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