Just last week, public radio station WNYC laid off four staffers and eliminated 11 other jobs in order to “meet [its] financial targets.” But yesterday, the station posted ads for four new jobs. How can this be?
A closer look at the jobs reveals that two of them — manager of development and major gifts research assistant — will be heavily involved in fundraising, something the station desperately needs. The other two jobs are assistant producer positions at two WNYC shows. Although the station has been cutting back, these seems like essential positions that need to be filled, no matter the financial consequences.
An official statement from the station confirms our suspicions:
“The open positions at WNYC are not among those eliminated due to financial constraints, and the need will remain to fill positions that are vacated for other reasons.”