10 Laid Off At Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media
July 23, 2012 at 4:11 AM (PT)
Ten employees at MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO and AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA have exited in a "strategic restructuring."
MINNPOST's DAVID BRAUER is reporting that among the casualties of last THURSDAY's action were NPR "MORNING EDITION" local engineer RICK "SCOOTER" HEBZYNSKI, Public Relations Manager CHRISTINA SCHMITT, and Digital Archivist JENEL FARRELL. CURRENT.ORG adds that APM "MARKETPLACE" Bureau Chief JOHN DIMSDALE was also let go, and that MPR Classical show "PIPEDREAMS" will continue on a reduced, "less demanding" production timetable.
"We are aligning our priorities to focus on two main divisions that create value for our audiences and cultivate vital relationships with our members, donors and funders," a statement to CURRENT from CEO JOHN MCTAGGART said. "The result is a more streamlined organization that gives us a strong footing as we look ahead."