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WNET Shrinks Office Space, Ditches Equipment

After thirteen years in its HQ near Penn Station, WNET.org has signed a lease on office space half the size of its current headquarters, the organization announced yesterday.

“Over the last two years, we have streamlined our operations to adjust to the new economic realities, and the move is another step in that process. The move will happen later this year and we see it as an opportunity to decrease our footprint, increase creativity and collaboration within the organization and get closer to our Lincoln Center studios and New York’s thriving arts community,” said WNET.ORG president and CEO Neal Shapiro in a statement.

The station also netted a quarter million dollars last week in an equipment auction, reported CurrentPublicMedia. Much of the gear—400 cameras, lighting equipment, and camera pedestals—dated from before WNET’s last move, but the stuff has apparently held its value.

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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.