Lehigh Valley Public Media lays off 8 staffers

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Scott Fybush

Lehigh Valley Public Media's headquarters.

Lehigh Valley Public Media in Bethlehem, Pa., has laid off eight staffers in recent weeks as part of a restructuring.

The organization had grown quickly since last fall with the launch of a news website, LehighValleyNews.com. That created 22 new jobs, CEO Tim Fallon said in a statement emailed to Current.

But a restructuring was required “to ensure that we focus our resources to fuel the needs of our new operation,” Fallon said.

“That restructuring was completed over the past few weeks and has resulted in the layoff of eight of our team members,” he said. “We are grateful for their contributions during their time with us.”

Fallon did not respond to a question about which jobs were affected.

According to a Lehigh Valley News story, the positions affected were in marketing, membership and television production and did not include the news department.

The site reported that an additional staffer was affected by the restructuring but was offered a different job in another position.

In addition to the news site, the organization runs the radio station WLVR and television station PBS39.

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