Thursday, March 30, 2023

NPR should not be considered a non profit funded by the government. Let the market rule

NPR now stands for Not Popular Radio

Best wishes for all of those NPR employees who got their layoff notices. 

It's not nice at all to get the word that you are out. 

This is the story:

NPR itself confirmed Thursday that it had cut 10% of its workforce on Thursday, impacting roughly 100 employees, adding that it tends to roll back the workforce from 1,200 to an estimated 1,050 employees, the "largest reduction in staff since the 2008 recession."

"We literally are fighting to secure the future of NPR at this very moment by restructuring our cost structure. It's that important. It's existential," NPR chief executive John Lansing told NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik.

Apparently, ad revenue will drop $30 million in 2023.

Back in the 1980s, I lived and worked in Mexico and would listen to NPR's "Morning Edition" every morning via Armed Forces Radio on my Radio Shack shortwave radio.  In the evenings, I would catch "All Things Considered" when I was wrapping up my day or making a few more phone calls.

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