The 14 employees at WDSC-TV at Daytona State College must reapply for their positions, which are being eliminated June 30, reports the Daytona Beach, Fla., News Journal. A plan for the station that will be presented to the college's board of trustees this month contains only six or seven staff positions. "Employees are encouraged to apply not only there but to any other opening they may be interested in at the college," said Tomas LoBasso, s.v.p. of student development and institutional effectiveness.
College President Carol Eaton said state and federal budget cuts have prompted the restructuring, and that the station probably would cut back on local programs and instead acquire more shows. "We will probably let local programming wind down," Eaton said. "As we increase the focus of the facility for teaching and learning in the classroom, we will lessen the number of those programs we produce locally." The station currently lists 11 local programs.
The station dropped PBS membership last July.