Employees grumbling over KQED head’s salary

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The nearly $400,000 salary of KQED president Jeff Clarke is creating discontent within the station, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. That’s a pretty good chunk of change considering the station has laid off 30 employees, cut 13 percent of its budget and froze executive salaries until 2010. Senior managers also voluntarily reduced their salaries 13 percent. “In this economy, [Clarke’s salary] just doesn’t make sense,” Kevin Wilson, president of Local 51 of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, to which most of the station’s employees belong.