Skip to comments.NPR Seeks to Reduce Staff by 10 Percent Via Buyouts
Posted on 09/13/2013 10:45:09 AM PDT by LdSentinal
Tucked within a release naming its new president and CEO, NPR announced today that it would seek to reduce its staff by 10 percent through a voluntary buyout plan. (The Washington-based organization employed 840 people in 2012.)
NPR's board of directors just approved a budget for fiscal year 2014, which includes a deficit of $6.1 million, or 3.1 percent of its $178.1 million in revenue. The buyouts are intended to help plug the spending gap and, according to the release, will be offered "broadly across the organization."
The board named Paul G. Haaga, Jr. as acting president and CEO effective Sept. 30. Haaga has been a member of the board for two years, most recently as its vice chair and chair of its finance committee. He succeeds Gary Knell, who announced last month he'd be leaving to become the president of National Geographic Society.
NPRs new headquarters refuels funding debate
Wash ComPost ^ | June 21 2013| Paul Farhi
NPRs gleaming new headquarters building in the shadow of the Capitol in Washington has soaring ceilings, a wellness center, an employee gym and a gourmet cafe staffed by a resident chef.
This, as it turns out, could be a political problem.
NPR showed off the 400,000-square-foot complex, which has been open since April, to members of the media earlier this week. It immediately began drawing some grumbles from those who see the edifice as far too luxe for a nonprofit radio and digital-news organization that depends, in part, on taxpayer support. In effect, the building briefly became a new club with which to beat NPR over an old issue: whether public radio and television should be subsidized with federal and state funds.
Great start the week end news!!
Why aren’t liberals upping their donations to NPR??? Do liberals realize that NPR has such financial trouble?
NPR should be off the taxpayer teat
have they let their gourmet chef go?
Bill Moyer was unavailable for comment. He was on his yacht headed towards his Private Island.
If we don’t lay them off, nobody else will.
Is there anything sweeter than the tears of sad sad clown?
Another government-run entity that’s failing. Everything liberals touch and control end up a failure.
I've seen plenty of non-profits that have large, low density offices, plush furnishings and well padded salaries. Usually that's becuase they are a private foundation and the board who writes the checks want it that way. I have no problem with that because they aren't soliciting the public for money and they can spend what they give however they want.
Then there are the ones who've figured out how to get large offices and paddeed salaries from my sweat and that I do have a problem with.
I would have preferred the “heads on posts” method of staff reduction for the npr.
Get used to it. Don’t expect republicans to cut it. How many years did the GOP control congress and never defunded that operation? If there is no political will to cut a line of funding that more or less amonts to a rounding error against a trillion dollar+ deficit, don’t count on spending to ever be cut.
They should’ve cut 90%!
“Buyouts”. The alternative was abortions, so no biggie.
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As a reward for your thoughtful lack of a donation, we’ll not be sending you one or crummy totebags, thereby insuring less clutter in your closet. And if you act now, we’ll also not send you “Barney’s Campfire Sing-a-long.” That’s two great benefits for your home right now. Don’t wait for someone else to not do it. Don’t pick up the phone and don’t call us, and help insure that programming like this goes off the air soon!
Let the peasants drink McDonald's coffee!
...because they hide the profits in plush offices and outrageous salaries. Voila, no profit!
This is why I favor eliminating non-profits. They're a playground for moonbattery.
Posh new headquarters, gourmet chef and a 10% reduction in staff. lol.
ALl those employees who were excited to be working at the new headquarters aren’t so elated now.
I feel the same way about the public TV and radio network here in SC. In my decade there, it was sickening seeing the waste of resources and personnel bloat.
However there are plenty in the state house that fight to keep it alive. Governor Haley tried to shut it down. She even said that outright during a speech she gave that they were airing way back when.