Working Groups: Funding and Firewalls
Sample Satement of Principle for the Funding of History and Information Programming
Public media stations will seek and accept financial support from a wide variety of underwriters and partners. We believe that public media consumers have the right to expect and demand that stations will not allow those financial or other relationships to deform or corrupt the pursuit of our overall editorial goals or mislead the public in any way.
Additional Sample Policy Standard for Stations Which Allow Funders to Play a Partnership Role in Shaping Content for Non-news Informational Programming
Public media stations may elect on occasion to accept funding from an organization that will also play a role in the creation of informational content. However in no instance can that participation result in the presentation of content that does not meet the station's editorial standards for accuracy and fairness. Whenever public stations engage in these funder/partner relationships, the station must be fully transparent, both on air and online, about the specific nature of the relationship.