Dec 19, 2008

WGBH lays off 12

Boston's WGBH added to the host of recent announcements of station layoffs today with the news that it will lay off 12 employees. The station has also frozen salaries for management and filling of vacant positions and reduced capital purchases. Membership revenue has held steady for the broadcaster, but corporate sponsorship has declined, said a spokeswoman. The Associated Employees of the Educational Foundation, WGBH’s in-house union, agreed to a restructuring of the network’s design department and to accept smaller wage increases next fiscal year. More in the Boston Herald.

APM shutters Weekend America

American Public Media announced today that it will cease production of Weekend America, its two-hour weekly digest, as of Jan. 31. The cancellation will affect 13 full- and part-time jobs related to the show, but a spokeswoman for APM could not confirm how many of those employees would be laid off. The show airs on 134 stations. APM and its sister regional network, Minnesota Public Radio, face a deficit of upwards of $2 million as income from all sources declines. A blogger for shares the press release.

Retired CBS exec to helm KPCW in Park City

The new manager of Utah's KPCW-FM is retired television executive Jonathan Klein, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Klein managed Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ-TV and later became a CBS president in charge of 14 stations. Klein's radio experience includes managing KDKA in Pittsburgh and serving on the board of Baltimore's WJHU-FM, the NPR station sold by Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He succeeds Blair Feulner, a KPCW founder and longtime manager who announced his departure to listeners in July. KPCW also is accepting applications for program director and development director.