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NPR cuts hit Culver City studio hard

December 11, 2008 |  7:11 am


In a cost-saving move, National Public Radio said today it was canceling its midday newsmagazine “Day to Day,” the marquee show of the network’s NPR West production facility in Culver City.

Hamstrung by a souring economy and the resulting precipitous drop in corporate underwriting, NPR’s second-largest source of income, the network also plans to cut its workforce by 7% and trim other expenses. The cuts mean layoffs for 64 of NPR’s staff of 889, and the elimination of 21 positions that were vacant.

The 5-year-old program, hosted by Madeleine Brand and airing locally on KPCC-FM (89.3) weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m., was supposed to garner midday listeners and act as a bridge between the noncommercial network’s other, more established newsmagazines, “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Read the rest of the article here.

--Steve Carney

More: The memo, reaction and impact on NPR West Coast operations (LA Observed). Names of some of those departing NPR L.A. bureau (Washington Post).

Photo: Alex Chadwick, former co-host of "Day to Day," courtesy Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times