Maine Public Broadcasting Makes Cuts
December 22, 2008 at 5:03 AM (PT)
MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP. will issue pink slips and close television and radio stations in AROOSTOOK and WASHINGTON counties to meet its budget in the wake of diminishing resources, reports MAINBIZ.COM.
MPBN President JIM DOWE said the LEWISTON-based corporation will cut six positions; reduce staff wages by five to 20% through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends JUNE 30, 2009; temporarily suspend the company's contributions to employees' retirement plans and shut down one of its five television stations and two of its seven radio stations, WMEF/FORT KENT and WMED/CALAIS, according to a press release from the company. Dowe said the measures were necessary given a reduction in state funding and the loss of various federal grants.