NPR Cuts 13 In Second Layoff Round; Imposes Unpaid Leave

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imageNational Public Radio, hurting from the pullback from its corporate donors, is laying off 13 staffers, its second round since December, WaPo reported. The broadcaster is facing an $8 million budget deficit for its current fiscal year, and $15 million over the next two years. NPR has about 812 staffers, making this a 1.6 percent cut.

The jobs lost were in information technology, legal services and communications; the news division was spared from the layoffs. In addition to the drop in corporate funding, donations from foundations and its internal endowment has also taken a hit. As for the fees from stations, Vivian Schiler, NPR’s president and CEO, told me that payments are holding steady.

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