Report: Layoffs, Changes Coming At American Public Media
July 6, 2015 at 4:04 AM (PT)
The MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE's NEAL JUSTIN reports that a memo from AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA President/CEO JON MCTAGGART warns of "changes" coming by the end of JULY that portend an end to "business as usual" as well as the elimination of some positions while others might be created.
In the e-mail sent to staffers at the company, which is the parent of MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO and CLASSICAL SOUTH FLORIDA, MCTAGGART says that APM "will be making changes ... that will enable us to focus our resources in ways that will create stronger and even better experiences for our audiences. We will organize our work differently and set new priorities for how we spend our time and our money. We will stop some programming and create capacity for new content and innovative audience services. We will eliminate and change positions in some departments, and create capacity for new positions in others ... these changes will enable us to expand our services in health, education and sustainability -- adding to our current strengths in business and public affairs journalism, and classical and contemporary music. We will invest in distinctive on-demand offerings, in growing and knowing our audiences, and in developing new ways to earn greater support for our public service. We started this work two years ago when we launched Audiences First, and now we must accelerate our pace of change … We cannot succeed with 'business as usual.'"
JUSTIN reports that some layoffs have already been made.