Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kansas Public Radio and audio reader network facing $400,000 in total budget cuts - Angela Deines, CJ Online

On-air staff of the National Public Radio affiliate at the University of Kansas in Lawrence told listeners that KU is cutting $100,000 from KPR’s fiscal year 2018 budget, which begins July 1. That is in addition to the $100,000 cut the station is dealing with from its current fiscal year 2017 budget. “We’re trying to grapple with that right now,” J. Schafer, KPR’s news director, said during Tuesday morning’s “Campaign for Excellence” pledge drive. “This is by far the largest budget cut in this station’s 65-year history.” According to information provided by KPR, the $200,000 total permanent reduction in “direct university cash support” from KU represents a 41 percent reduction in aid they receive from the university.

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