Jul 12, 2012

TPT realignment eliminates 11 staff positions, adds six others

Twin Cities Public Television is cutting 11 staff positions for the upcoming fiscal year, station President Jim Pagliarini told Current on Thursday (July 12).

Pagliarini said the job cuts come from nearly every department, and range from a senior manager to a part-time administrator. Three union workers are impacted. Departure dates vary by position.

The station is creating six new positions for fiscal 2013, which starts Sept. 1, and is encouraging affected employees with related experience to apply.

In a memo to staffers, Pagliarini said the realignment “was not driven by financial pressures, rather by the decision to invest in new tools, technologies, people and services that align with our plan to serve the community.” The St. Paul, Minn., station’s FY13 operating budget is actually increasing by nearly 7 percent over FY12.

One strategic focus, Pagliarini told Current, is building and maintaining an interactive media team. Support for that has grown from $70,000 in FY09 to $613,000 in FY13.

The station’s new budget will be submitted to a joint meeting of the executive and finance committees of the TPT Board next week.

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