Big Bird makes about $50 Million a year,Sesame CEO Gary Knell made $956,513 in 2008 alone. Should PBS recieve tax payer money?

CAPISCE 2012/10/10 03:16:34
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Why are executives of a non-profit organization raking in enormous salaries? Annually PBS President Paula Kerger was paid $632,233, NPR President emeritus Kevin Klose $1.2 million, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison was paid $298,884, plus $70,630 in additional compensation. Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell got $956,513 in 2008. Even state execs make huge salaries - Polly Anderson, the general manager of New Mexico PBS, receives $165,000. *3
All this while paying their staff average salaries (Staff accountant $53k, Network Administrator $52k). In fact the median salary for a non-executive PBS employee is $42k with most of them making less than $40k and some as little as $20k. *4.
cable networks like Discovery, Animal Planet, NatGeo, and many others are doing just fine standing on their own in the private marketplace without taxpayer funding. Should PBS continue to be treated differently?

This Romney vs. Big Bird story is being hyped up in part for political reasons to (unsuccessfully) try to change the subject from President Obama’s disasterous debate performance on Wednesday night. In the aftermath of the debate, Romney is gaining ground in the polling according to various news outlets, assuming the polling is and has been accurate in the first place, which is a debatable point in and of itself.

That being said, US Senator Jim DeMint notes that “from 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.”

“If you break that down, it works out to over $50 million a year Sesame Street is taking in from all that merchandising.”

“Yep, that one-percenter Big Bird makes about four times what Mitt Romney does annually and yet Barack Obama still wants you and I to still carry his freight.”

PBS and NPR receive about $400 million in taxpayer money every year. Should PBS continue to get a taxpayer subsidy given the massive deficit and the debt, or should this be one of many federal government programs that needs to be cut?

So Big Bird is living large, as BigHollywood.com explains:

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  • Roger 2012/10/10 03:35:55
    WHAT THE F____
    HE MAKES 50M???????
    At first I thought it was a little silly but DAMN!

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  • Iamfree 2012/10/12 20:41:41
    I have said for years that taxpayers should not be subsidizing public television.
  • cc 2012/10/12 19:49:02
    I'm sure that PBS doesn't draw that much money from our taxes, but if it's so little...why not turn them loose! Seasame Street obviously doesn't need help, though some shows could use some help. These days, there are so many reality shows and documentaries on, how could anything with substance even fail! Make them do thier marketing and turn them loose! That's what America is all about!
  • Eric 2012/10/11 05:10:55
  • CAPISCE Eric 2012/10/11 12:02:45
    The other guys earned there money in a profit based system called capitalism
  • Eric CAPISCE 2012/10/11 12:29:07
  • CAPISCE Eric 2012/10/11 12:39:31
    Thank you for the grammer check, everyone just adores that.
    If you believe PBS deserves Tax payer money with a 16 Trillion plus debt so be it. Fact is America is in financial crisis and can not afford much of what we always took for granted. Our gov no matter who is in office must reduce the debt with drastic cuts as well as taxation. No way around it.
    Let me ask you what programs do you believe America should cut to help reduce the massive debt?
  • Eric CAPISCE 2012/10/11 12:59:34
  • CAPISCE Eric 2012/10/11 13:03:50
    Military funding cuts already killed ambassador Stevens and 3 others. Personally I believe we should remove all Americans from the middle east and warn any civilian Americans who may want to travel there they are on there own.
  • Eric CAPISCE 2012/10/11 13:16:32
  • CAPISCE Eric 2012/10/11 13:28:29
    I disagree---screw Islamic run countries, they are impossible to reason with and violent, maybe because according to the world education counsel the average adult in middle eastern Islamic dominated country has 1.7 years of education
  • Eric CAPISCE 2012/10/11 13:58:59
  • CAPISCE Eric 2012/10/11 15:07:34
    I go back to what I said--you can't reason with stupid. Let them kill each other, they will always be rioting about something , I prefer they turn on each other
  • Eric CAPISCE 2012/10/11 15:41:51
  • CAPISCE Eric 2012/10/11 17:37:13
    We can just disagee and move on if you don't mind
  • Eric CAPISCE 2012/10/12 04:23:48
  • joe.and... Eric 2012/10/28 21:52:16
    This is really a goofy statement. You are comparing a business for profit versus a non-profit business.
  • Ahmedinestein 2012/10/10 22:37:17
    I tend to believe that PBS would survive through corporate and private donations, even without tax payer money. Big Bird is a different story. Big Bird is a trademark of the Children's Television Workshop Inc. They sell Sesame Street to PBS - if PBS can't afford Sesame Street, does anyone not think Nickelodeon or Discovery wouldn't snap him up in a heartbeat? Of course they would - Sesame Street is a merchandising powerhouse. But let's be real here: 400 million dollars is chump change in terms of our deficit - we need to be looking at bigger fish to fry.
  • CAPISCE Ahmedin... 2012/10/10 23:55:02
    Every bit helps
  • Ahmedin... CAPISCE 2012/10/11 00:36:28
    I agree, but I have also watched Congress nickle and dime over cuts just so they won't have to make tough, politically unpopular decisions. Passing the buck isn't getting us anywhere.
  • CAPISCE Ahmedin... 2012/10/11 00:39:59 (edited)
    That is a huge problem and why I believe in term limits for every political office
  • Ahmedin... CAPISCE 2012/10/11 03:32:37
    I can't say that I would agree with term limits. Term limits deprive voters of the right to select the representation they want. Reforming campaign finance and tightening the leash on lobbyists is a better approach IMHO.
  • CAPISCE Ahmedin... 2012/10/11 03:35:29 (edited)
    The longer these A holes stay in office the more people and groups they owe, that said I agree with the rest of your statement
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/10/10 21:20:08
    Ron in Oregon
    In addition to this they want you to donate to them, can you believe it.
  • marty 2012/10/10 15:51:01
    If Big Bird and Sesame Street are taking the money to finance other PBS productions, then no.
    Yes, PBS should receive money, IF each production is separate.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/10/10 14:22:34
    Kane Fernau
    The democrats need more propaganda tools
  • Todd Parsons 2012/10/10 12:45:23
    Todd Parsons
    Time to have the "bird" for thanksgiving dinner!
  • Jensenmk 2012/10/10 12:22:02
    But they are an obedient liberal mouthpiece for the progressive agenda; hence the government kickbacks.
  • Mrs.B 2012/10/10 10:27:29
    Nooo Hell NOO
  • Thomas G Towns 2012/10/10 07:30:58
    Thomas G Towns
    Why should this leftest media get any money from the taxpayers.Neither should a right leaning organization. These are the people that fired Juan Williams for speaking his mind that was a little cotrary of PBS
  • TheTruth1313 2012/10/10 06:04:54
    This is why PBS will be one of the many budget cuts that Romney was talking about. PBS is quite able to carry on with out the government funding.
  • USAF Vet 2012/10/10 04:42:04
    USAF Vet
    The business model of the Sesame Street Division of PBS makes a profit, stop the subsidies; the News Division is an abject loser; stop the subsidies, it will survive on the "millions' in pledges it receives from the LW Moonbats...will it not?
  • jcadla 2012/10/10 04:36:33
    No. I have always wondered why our tax money is used for TV programs. It's just like the National Endowment of the Arts. I believe the people involved in these things should pay for them. It's not as if any of us will ever avail ourselves of these things.
  • P. Sturm 2012/10/10 04:16:35
    P. Sturm
    How do their salaries compare to executives in industry? What are PBS' annual production and operating expenses? $700,000,000 $800,000,000 a billion?
  • CAPISCE P. Sturm 2012/10/10 09:40:49
  • Maynard P. Sturm 2012/10/10 12:10:03 (edited)
  • CAPISCE Maynard 2012/10/10 12:17:12
  • P. Sturm Maynard 2012/10/10 17:42:03
    P. Sturm
    Six zeros is a million, and I'm not on the left wing.
  • Maynard P. Sturm 2012/10/11 11:57:58
    Six zeros is still ZERO.

    Six FIGURES is 100,000 - 999,999 and they are LESS THAN one million.

    You posted BILLIONS?

    The cost of the Public Broadcasting is around $450,000,000. or so but who is counting.
  • P. Sturm Maynard 2012/10/11 17:30:04
    P. Sturm
    Really? 450 million. Still less than they made on promotions. And when you add salaries, feature fees, and other non production expenses it probably doubles.
  • David 2012/10/10 03:47:31
    If PBS cannot survive in the marketplace, it should be allowed to wither and die.

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