Dec 23, 2008

Its structure cripples pubmedia, new report contends

A report on pubcasting is one of a series of new research papers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The project, titled, "Media Re:public: News and Information as the Digital Media Come of Age," explores the potential and challenges of the emerging networked digital media environment, according to its website. One of the 11 papers, on public broadcasting and public affairs, is authored by Pat Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media at American University; Jessica Clark, director of the Future of Public Media project, also at American University; and Jake Shapiro, founder of Public Radio Exchange. One point: "The structure of U.S. public broadcasting cripples any kind of coherent national planning. It has provided remarkable stability over the years, but this stability at a time of rapid
change is itself becoming a liability." Here is the entire report.

At North Carolina station, layoffs start at the top

The board of WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., has laid off three of its top managers, including General Manager John Milligan, the Wilmington Star-News reported yesterday. The layoffs, intended to maintain the station's "long-term financial viability," the news release said, also include the news and development directors. In addition, the station eliminated its p.d. position, which is vacant. The station's website lists about a dozen staff members and 10 on-air personalities.