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With the slowing economy affecting corporate underwriting, the Public Broadcasting Service trimmed its staff by more than 10%, or about 59 positions, its second round of cost-cutting in the past year. The cuts, to be made through a combination of 27 layoffs and the rest in unfilled positions, follow a 9% staffing reduction, or 60 positions, in March, and will bring PBS' total number of employees to just over 500.
June 8, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
PUBLIC television and radio broadcasters are preparing themselves for another difficult budget season after a key House Appropriations subcommittee voted Wednesday to cut $115 million from station operations, system upgrades and grants for children's programs such as "Reading Rainbow" and "Sesame Street."
July 18, 1995
After months of maneuvering, the short-run fate of public broadcasting should be clearer Thursday. The House Appropriations Committee will vote then on funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the outlook for the agency is better than at any other time this year. That is thanks to John Porter, an Illinois Republican, and Californian Frank Riggs, a Republican from Ukiah. In subcommittee action they bucked GOP threats to zero out the funding, joining with five Democrats.
January 22, 1995 | Robert Scheer, Robert Scheer is a contributing editor to The Times. He interviewed Ruth Seymour over bagels in Santa Monica
When the new congressional leadership announced plans to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, staff and listeners of member TV and radio stations sprang into action. None faster with the editorial than Ruth Seymour, general manager of KCRW. Seymour, 59, is nothing if not feisty.
Claiming that public television has a liberal bias, Senate Republican leaders have placed a "hold" on a bill to authorize funding for the Corp. for Public Broadcasting. The move, a delaying tactic that prevents a bill from being discussed, was put on the legislation at the behest of Republican senators, according to a senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R--Kan.).
July 25, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
Top executives at the Public Broadcasting Service on Tuesday entered the fray over the "indecency oath" that Congress has imposed on recipients of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, saying that PBS would "fully support" any producer who refused to sign such an oath. "I would be very surprised if our producers would sign that," Neil Mahrer, PBS executive vice president and chief operating officer, told a news conference at the Century Plaza hotel.
August 22, 2010 | By Jack Shakely
Epiphanies can come at you from the damnedest places. Mine was delivered by a cute, doe-eyed, bilingual animation character named Dora the Explorer. "Dora the Explorer" is the kind of morning children's show that epitomizes public television. It's gentle, funny, educational and culturally sensitive. Kids gobble it up. But "Dora" isn't produced or aired by PBS. If it were, it would cost tens of millions of dollars and become the subject of a thousand pledge breaks that might just help it to break even.
October 21, 1989 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
Jennifer Lawson, the new programming chief of the Public Broadcasting Service, said Friday that she aims "to rethink public television for a new generation of viewers" and provide programs that more accurately reflect the multicultural diversity of the country.
July 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson
James L. Loper, a founder and former president of KCET Channel 28 who helped build the public broadcasting station into one of the nation's leading noncommercial outlets, has died. He was 81. Loper, who went on to oversee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences , died Monday at his Pasadena home, his family said. No cause was announced. An Arizona transplant, Loper was a doctoral student at USC in the early 1960s when he joined a small group, the Committee for Educational Television, that was trying to establish a public broadcasting station in Los Angeles.
February 5, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Public broadcasters are gearing up to fight President Bush's proposed 2004 budget appropriations for public broadcasting, which executives said in a statement would "seriously compromise our ability to deliver the services we are required by law to provide to the American people." Sent to Capitol Hill on Monday, the budget proposal includes a slight increase in general funding but eliminates extra funds for converting stations to digital transmission.
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