Governor Mark Sanford has proposed a cut of over $5 million from South Carolina Educational Television’s nearly $10 million in state funding. As a result, ETV is making a statewide appeal to keep the funding. The network says if the vetoes are sustained, it would decimate the network’s ability to fulfill its core functions, including its television and radio programs that focus on South Carolina.
The agency’s release to the press and public says that “ETV would be forced to discontinue its public safety and local government training.”
ETV is South Carolina’s statewide public broadcasting network with 11 television stations, eight radio frequency transmitters and a closed circuit educational telecommunications system that broadcasts to schools statewide.
The SC Legislature is scheduled to return to Columbia Tuesday to vote on Gov. Mark Sanford’s vetoes. The vetoes can only be overturned if two-thirds of the House and Senate vote to do so.