NPR offers buyouts, aims to cut staff by 10%

NPR announced today that Paul G. Haaga, Jr., vice chair of the radio network’s board, will serve as acting president and CEO. It also said in its press release:

The [fiscal year 2014] budget includes operating and investment revenues of $178.1 million, expenses of $183 million, and an operating cash deficit of $6.1 million, or 3 percent of revenues.npr As part of the strategy to eliminate the deficit and lower ongoing expenses, NPR will offer a voluntary buyout plan broadly across the organization that seeks to reduce staffing levels by approximately 10 percent.

With about 840 employees, NPR is looking to cut 84 people. That’s one of the largest staff reductions in the organization’s history, reports Paul Farhi.

Speaking of NPR jobs ….. remember this post from May?

I asked about the opening earlier this week and was told by NPR spokesperson Cara Philbin that “we’re still in the hiring process.”

* NPR aims to cut its staff by 10% through buyouts (washingtonpost.com)
* Paul G. Haaga Jr. is named NPR acting president and CEO (scpr.org)
* Earlier: NPR’s new home is too fancy for the network’s critics (jimromenesko.com)
* Earlier: NPR’s looking for someone to say “This is NPR” (jimromenesko.com)

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