Last year, Sesame Workshop had $158.2 million in revenues.
96% came from distribution fees, royalties, toys, games, clothing, and food.
4% came from government grants.
Sesame Workshop’s CEO rakes in well over half a million in salary and benefits. That’s five times the average pay for CEOs at nonprofits.
And the other top ten Sesame Workshop honchos raked in an average of $382K, which is about six times the median household income in the U.S.
As for PBS, only about 15% of its budget comes from federal taxpayer-funds. The rest comes from individuals, corporate underwriters, private grants, and state and local government support.
When the Washington Post looked into PBS’ financing a few years ago, it concluded:
“If Congress took this funding away, PBS would likely survive, though perhaps diminished.”
Diminished? WHO CARES?! Certainly not any of us on the right-wing whose political views are routinely sneered at on this so-called “public” station.