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‘PBS Newshour’ plans layoffs as it closes offices

Updated: 2013-06-12T00:06:25Z

‘NewsHour’ to make rare layoffs

“PBS NewsHour,” the signature nightly newscast on public television, is planning its first substantial layoffs in nearly two decades.

Facing a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the program’s budget, the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will close its two offices outside the Washington area — in Denver and San Francisco — and lay off most of the employees there. The company, based in Arlington, Va., also will eliminate several production positions at its main offices.

A spokeswoman for “NewsHour” declined to comment on the program’s budget, but some employees said earlier this year that the production company faced a gap of up to $7 million, a quarter of its $28 million overall budget.

Other savings will be achieved by leaving positions unfilled and by streamlining technical operations.

The New York Times

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