PBS SoCal lays off two staffers, creates interactive department

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PBS SoCal in Costa Mesa, Calif., has eliminated two development positions and created an interactive department as a new president takes over.

The development jobs were cut as the station reorganizes its major donor and planned giving work, spokesperson Stacy Shaffer told Current. The station does not plan to eliminate any more positions, she said.

Leadership changed May 1 at PBS SoCal, PBS’s primary station in the Los Angeles market. Longtime president Mel Rogers retired May 1, and Andy Russell, former c.o.o., stepped into the position.

Leading daily operations as interim c.o.o. is Jamie Annunzio Myers, v.p., education and community engagement.

The station also created a new interactive department and promoted Stephen Hunter, formerly IT network coordinator, to lead it.