PBS, NPR run advocacy spots in response.

Hundreds of Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio stations have begun airing first-ever advocacy spots asking listeners to contact their legislators in Congress if they oppose cuts proposed June 16 by the House Appropriations Committee.

That Republican-dominated panel proposed more than $220 million in funding cuts for public broadcasting, an effective 46% reduction of federal financial support. Next step is a vote by the full House, followed by Senate deliberation -- perhaps before the August recess.

Republicans are the majority in houses of Congress. The Bush administration did not ask for the cuts and proposed instead a similar budget to the current one. Further information is on the PBS and station affiliate web sites nationwide.