More Layoffs Coming To NPR
March 19, 2009 at 4:11 PM (PT)
A reliable source tells ALL ACCESS that staffers at NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO were informed TODAY that another round of layoffs is coming at the financially strapped network. The layoffs will be coming in coming months, but no specific details were announced for the time being.
The news follows a minor controversy engendered by the network's cancellation of all newspaper subscriptions as of APRIL 1st in favor of staffers using news websites to save money. The network's CALIFORNIA-based "DAY TO DAY" ends its run this week, and 39 full- and part-time staffers at the CULVER CITY studios were let go in the move, with about 30 employees remaining at the facility.
According to CURRENT, SVP DANA DAVIS REHM said that NPR President VIVIAN SCHILLER told staff that NPR has reduced executive pay by more than $500,000. "The cuts that we made in DECEMBER are not sufficient to cover what we need to do now," said REHM, who noted "pressure on every single one of our revenue sources." In other cuts, the network suspended retirement plan contributions to executives from APRIL 1 through SEPTEMBER 30. All Vice Presidents will not receive salary increases in 2009 and 2010 and will work unpaid during the last payroll of the year.
REHM said that negotiations with NPR's unions start next week and will make an announcement about reduced spending by early MAY, adding, "I don’t want to float numbers publicly until I feel they’re very solid."