More pain over at NPR, as reported by NPR’s own David Folkenflik: “NPR announced Wednesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to eliminate the company’s persistent budget deficits.”
Not all of those positions, however, are filled at the moment:
Eight of the positions NPR is eliminating are unfilled, spokesperson tells Poynter http://t.co/XDHHrElqgw
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“Tell Me More” host Michel Martin will stick around at NPR, Folkenflik writes, as part of an effort to spread the focus on “race, identity, faith, gender and family” that characterized her show. Carlene Watson, the program’s executive editor, also will stay. The show, a one-hour daily broadcast, premiered nationally in April 2007.
Kinsey Wilson, NPR’s executive vice president and chief content officer, said, “We’re in a different era than we were, even in five or six years ago. . . . There is in fact an opportunity to reach a larger audience across platforms . . . not simply through principally a once-a-day broadcast show.”
NPR has run deficits in “all but one of the past six fiscal years,” reports Folkenflik, and the organization’s head count will dip 7 percent from last year.