KCRW proclaims layoffs and government wage cuts

Sooner or later after news broke that Santa Monica-based NPR affiliate KCRW (89.9 FM) had accepted buyout provides from 24 staff, KCRW station supervisor Jennifer Ferro has confirmed these departures and introduced an extra 4 staff will likely be laid off.

Ferro introduced the cuts throughout a staff-wide assembly on Wednesday afternoon. In a press release issued shortly after, she acknowledged that “the previous six months have been a take a look at for all of us” earlier than confirming the injury the pandemic has completed to KCRW’s backside line.

“Sadly, like so many media organizations throughout the nation, KCRW can’t escape the long-term results of the continued COVID-19 disaster,” she wrote. “We’re projecting a 30% loss to our working finances this fiscal yr, primarily resulting from a big dip in sponsorship income from classes worst hit by the pandemic.” As well as, KCRW’s senior management crew will take what Ferro describes within the assertion as “an combination of 20% wage cuts with me taking the most important portion.”

The cuts symbolize a lack of 18% of the NPR affiliate’s employees, decreasing it to 127 full- and part-time staff. It comes lower than two years after the station started shifting into its $38-million media heart on the campus of Santa Monica Neighborhood Faculty.

Ferro’s assertion went into additional element about efforts to deal with the shortfall. Administration secured a Paycheck Safety Program mortgage from the federal authorities and reduce nonpersonnel finances gadgets. These efforts, she defined, “allowed us to maintain our employees complete by way of August. Nonetheless, the prolonged nature of the financial ramifications of COVID has now required us to take additional motion to protect the monetary sustainability of the station and the providers we offer.”

Amongst those that accepted buyout provides are Liza Richardson, Mario Cotto and Mathieu Schreyer, longtime producer Frances Anderton and “Morning Turns into Eclectic” producer Mary Chellamy.

Acknowledging the loss, Ferro tried to strike a tone of optimism, noting that KCRW’s digital visitors has grown throughout the pandemic, the station is at present the No. 1 public radio station available in the market and “membership numbers and are robust.”

Ferro additionally hinted at information followers of “Morning Turns into Eclectic,” the station’s flagship music present, have been awaiting since Jason Bentley departed on the finish of 2019 — and which could disappoint those that swear by DJ and music director Anne Litt’s playlists. The station, Ferro wrote, will quickly announce a brand new “Morning Turns into Eclectic” host.

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