NPR to lay off 10% of staff after $30 million budget gap, biggest layoff since 2008

Taxpayer-funded NPR will lay off 10% of its workforce, dropping from about 1,200 to about 1,050 employees, after the left-leaning media company failed to generate enough revenue, the report said. organization Thursday.

NPR, whose budget is subsidized almost 11% by taxpayer funds, announced a huge budget shortfall of $30 million. The discrepancy will affect ten percent of the media company’s employees and force the organization to cut four podcasts. The network promised that most of the laid-off employees would stay on until April 28.

The massive layoffs represent the biggest staff reduction since the 2008 recession.

“We’re literally fighting to secure the future of NPR right now by restructuring our cost structure. It’s that important,” NPR CEO John Lansing said. “It’s existential.”

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The layoff will affect show and podcast production staff, web designers and research teams, among others. Additionally, the taxpayer-funded network will be canceling some of its left-leaning podcasts, such as Invisibility, louder than a riot, Coarse translationAnd Everybody and their mom.

“We have been working hard to maintain the essential elements that will allow us to move forward,” said Anya Grundmann, senior vice president of programming and audience development at NPR. “That includes our ability to be meaningful to audiences across digital and visual platforms, our radio audiences, our podcast audiences — our narrative journalism.”

Republican House Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was targeted by a taxpayer-funded NPR affiliate in New York state. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Many NPR affiliates have a history of attacking conservatives and Republican lawmakers. This month, Republican House Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was targeted by a taxpayer-funded NPR affiliate in New York State.

“Taxpayer-funded disinformation outlet NCPR caught illegally sending emails supporting Democratic candidates continues its bizarre sexist obsession with lying about Elise Stefanik,” a senior adviser to Stefanik, Alex DeGrasse, at Breitbart News.

In 2021, NPR published false claims in a book review of Hunter Biden’s memoir that his laptop was Russian disinformation. He has since issued a correction, referencing the now debunked policy story from October 19, 2020, which used “dozens of former intelligence officials” to push a false and misleading narrative about the origins of Hunter’s laptop.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of slave morality.


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