WCNY in Syracuse, N.Y., cuts seven from staff

WCNY in Syracuse, N.Y., has laid off seven employees in a staff restructuring. “We are being prudent as we grow,” station President Robert Daino told Current. “We are continuing to hire in some areas of the organization. And we’re realigning staff to where we believe we need to focus.”

The cuts, first reported June 23 by the local Post-Standard newspaper, were made across several departments. Daino said that programming and community services “will not be impacted in any way.”

The station is currently advertising for a radio program director, web developer and part-time producer.

CPB to equip 2 pubTV facilities as multistation master controls

By having two or three big master-control facilities oversee the digital assembly and transmission of broadcast schedules for all of the nation’s public TV stations, the field could save tens of millions of dollars a year, according to Mark Erstling, CPB senior v.p., system development and media strategy. CPB will cover a big part of the costs of public TV’s first two “centralcasting” setups this year, Erstling says. On Sept. 19, the CPB Board approved a $6.6 million grant to equip a centralcasting facility in Syracuse, N.Y., for all nine pubTV stations in New York State plus New Jersey’s four-station network. The grant covers about 90 percent of the cost of the project, to be located in the new home of WCNY-FM/TV in downtown Syracuse.