“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