Northern California Public Broadcasting will cut 13 percent of its budget and lay off 30 employees because the recession has reduced the corporate giving that funds much of the organization.
The stations’ 291 employees were told Monday of the move, which officials expect will save $8 million. No reporters will leave San Francisco’s KQED-FM, and no TV staff will depart, officials said. Employees with enough seniority were offered a buyout package; others were dismissed immediately.
KQED-TV, which produces shows such as “Check, Please!” and “Quest,” will continue to develop new episodes this spring, but production of future episodes of all series will depend on funding.
KQED-FM, which has the nation’s largest public radio audience with 857,900 listeners each week, will see no major changes, station officials said. KQED’s television outlet had 1.6 million households tuning in during December. According to the November ratings, KTEH, the public station in San Jose, had 891,522.
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