Are we having funds yet?

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There appeared to be a run on irony last week.

First there was "Freedom of Speech Award" winner Justice Antonin Scalia barring C-SPAN cameras from the presentation.

Then came the news that due to a lack of station funds, the Association of Public Television Stations is pulling the plug on a program it created to help stations attract funds.

The Community Partnership Program -- which the APTS launched three-plus years ago to explore new funding opportunities and partnerships -- is calling it a day at the end of the month, citing "a recent reduction in participation by financially strapped stations."

Program director Patricia Jordan will become an independent consultant.

The APTS Grants Center ( will pick up the
grant-seeking slack.