WNET trimming more jobs

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An as-yet unannounced number of staffers will be losing their jobs during the next month from WNET-Thirteen, PBS’ flagship station in New York, and sister station WLIW-21. Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET.org, broke the news to employees at an all-station meeting this morning. Shapiro later denied published reports of 50 affected positions, saying only that the number will be fewer than the 85 laid off in January. World Focus staffers will be furloughed, and the company is mulling additional unpaid voluntary furloughs. In addition the company will make “significant budget reductions,” according to The New York Times.