Big Bird is a One-Percenter.
And PBS receives only about 12 percent of its budget from the federal government, totaling a $445 million grant over two years.
“Eliminating the $445 million set aside in the federal budget for PBS would be a blow, no question. But it wouldn’t be the end,” writes the Christian Science Monitor.
In any case, it appears Big Bird’s nest is lushly lined.
“Carroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s inception, earned more than $314,000 in compensation in 2011,” reports MSN.
The money from the federal government is not even enough to fund top executives’ salaries for Sesame Workshop.
Former Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell earned $988,456 in the fiscal year that ended in June 2011, and the current CEO, H. Melvin Ming, made $584,572 during the same period, records show.