Feb 18, 2009

Former NPR prez named journalism dean

Kevin Klose has been named dean of University of Maryland's journalism school. Klose will oversee the school as it revamps its curriculum to focus more on digital and multimedia reporting. Klose was NPR president from 1998 to 2006. In November 2008, he was named president emeritus of NPR and president of the NPR Foundation.

Your station's DTV transition experience so far...

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Pubcasting job, salary cuts continue; WNED is latest victim

The Western New York Public Broadcasting Association is cutting staff and salaries. WNED's eight corporate officers took a 7.5 percent pay cut; all other employees had a 5 percent cut. Nine positions of a total 93 full-time employees were eliminated. Six of those had been vacant. The service includes WNED-TV, ThinkBright TV, and two radio stations, classical WNED-FM and WNED-AM, mainly news. WNED also is facing a $900,000 drop in state funding. Officials from New York’s eight other public TV stations are currently lobbying the governor and state legislature to amend the cuts.