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Layoffs At WNET.org (NYC PBS)

Not even public media is immune: cuts in corporate sponsorships and declining donations have led WNET.org to lay off 50 staffers.

WNET.org is the parent company of WNET Channel 13 and WLIW Channel 21, the most-watched and the third-most-watched public television channels in the nation, respectively. Yet these cuts come just five months after 80 people lost their jobs in January, the New York Daily News reported.

“Like many cultural and nonprofit organizations, WNET.org is navigating a difficult economic environment,” Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET.org, said in a statement.

“We’ve been working hard to identify critical savings while also embarking on new and innovative programming to complement our time-honored lineup of award-winning cultural and public affairs shows,” he said.

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