Billionaire David Rubenstein gives $1 million to WETA

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)
(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

Fresh off the opening of the eponymous David M. Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives with a $13.5 million gift in December, the billionaire co-founder of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, announced yet another sizable charitable gift on Tuesday. WETA, the public broadcasting network, is the recipient and will use Rubenstein’s $1 million gift to establish the David M. Rubenstein Fund. 

“I believe in the power of public media to be a force for education, sharing the vibrant culture and rich history of this country,” said Rubenstein in a statement released by WETA. “I hope that my gift will serve as a beacon to others, recognizing the unique role public media plays in our society and encouraging the creation of pioneering, intelligent content in service to the American people.”

According to WETA the network will use the gift “to create and enhance programs that celebrate American culture, history and public affairs.” Does this mean American audiences might get their very own version of “Downton Abbey”?


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