The Squeeze On KQED

San Francisco public broadcaster KQED has 200,000 members and counts itself one of America’s more popular public stations. But corporate contributions have been down and the station has to reduce its budget by 10 percent – likely forcing some layoffs. “In 2003, corporate donations are expected to fall by as much as 30 percent. The station is expecting to receive about $6.5 million to $7 million, compared with about $9 million donated in 2002. At the same time, dues to PBS and NPR, which supply much of KQED’s programming, have increased and the station is still working to comply with federal regulation that forced a conversion to digital broadcasting.”