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Old 01-27-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Default Love PBS, but hate constant fundraising

I love watching PBS here in SE MI, but the amount fundraising that goes on keeps increasing and increasing and is really obnoxious. I make a donation based on what I can afford, and I realize they need public funds, but it's gotten to the point of ridiculousness, when every show is preceded by a "pitch" for several minutes, and they "cash in" on popular shows like Downton Abbey by pushing CDs and PBS memberships before and after every episode. It used to be that PBS would fundraise a couple times a year for a couple weeks each time and that would be the end of it. Now it seems to be constant.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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I watch PBS online.... no fundraising there! Of course, not all your shows may be available...but they have a fairly good list, including Downton Abbey!

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I love watching PBS here in SE MI, but the amount fundraising that goes on keeps increasing and increasing and is really obnoxious. I make a donation based on what I can afford, and I realize they need public funds, but it's gotten to the point of ridiculousness, when every show is preceded by a "pitch" for several minutes, and they "cash in" on popular shows like Downton Abbey by pushing CDs and PBS memberships before and after every episode. It used to be that PBS would fundraise a couple times a year for a couple weeks each time and that would be the end of it. Now it seems to be constant.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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My guess is that with more channels on the dial less people watch PBS and thus less people donate. Add to that we aren't in the best of economic health and people that might have donated $20 are now donating $5 so they are bringing in less money and need to "beg" more.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Medina Co., TX
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To some degree, it's the economy, IMO. People probably aren't donating enough. Personally, I watch PBS more now than I ever did before. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have the PBS stations. And BTW, certain politicians have threatened to cut any remaining government funding, so it's a tough time for them.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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To some degree, it's the economy, IMO. People probably aren't donating enough. Personally, I watch PBS more now than I ever did before. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have the PBS stations. And BTW, certain politicians have threatened to cut any remaining government funding, so it's a tough time for them.
As they should. I don't watch PBS so why should I be forced to pay for it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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To some degree, it's the economy, IMO. People probably aren't donating enough. Personally, I watch PBS more now than I ever did before. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have the PBS stations. And BTW, certain politicians have threatened to cut any remaining government funding, so it's a tough time for them.
Yes, there are even ads here that quote the politicians who are threatening to cut PBS funding off totally. I also watch a lot of PBS.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: in your dreams
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I love watching PBS here in SE MI, but the amount fundraising that goes on keeps increasing and increasing and is really obnoxious. I make a donation based on what I can afford, and I realize they need public funds, but it's gotten to the point of ridiculousness, when every show is preceded by a "pitch" for several minutes, and they "cash in" on popular shows like Downton Abbey by pushing CDs and PBS memberships before and after every episode. It used to be that PBS would fundraise a couple times a year for a couple weeks each time and that would be the end of it. Now it seems to be constant.
I don't see it as a big deal. They don't have funding from annoying ass commercials like regular channels, which is a huge plus if you really think about.

PBS rocks.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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All too many of PBS's fundraisers are aimed at the "seasoned citizens" set. How many people 50 or under are interested in buying Lawrence Welk Show DVDs?
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:18 PM
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As they should. I don't watch PBS so why should I be forced to pay for it.

because it's impossible to live in a modern, complex society of 330 Million people and agree on where every single cent of government money goes. I guarantee the government spends money on all kinds of stuff you think is just great that others don't.

You'll just have to suck it up and be mature about it.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Taxachusetts
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I'm watching Conn. PBS right now. Just got through watching
"Doo-Whop" and now I'm watching "Il Volo" We are love. 3 young opera singers. When they say young, they mean young! You should see the young ladies just looking at them in adoration. They are cute and they are GOOD! I think they are Italian.

I adored "The 3 Tenors" and these kids are a great new generation of operatic singers. They are going to Conn. soon.
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