For the second year in a row, KQED is requiring most of its 250 employees to take a week long furlough, the Chron’s Andrew S. Ross reports. He notes that 80 members of NABET decided not to “share the pain” and will remain at work. All 30 members of AFTRA, primarily on-air radio and TV staff, will spread the furlough throughout the year. The other 140 non-represented staff are all taking the week-long unpaid break.
John Boland (pictured), who became president and chief executive of KQED parent Northern California Public Broadcasting (NCPB), has announced a management restructuring that puts more people under his direct control. The press release didn’t suggest anybody was sacked or demoted. Instead, the heads of the radio, TV and educational operations will become “senior content managers” who will now report directly to Boland. The three senior content managers are Jo Anne Wallace, vice president and general manager, KQED Public Radio; Michael
Ben Fong-Torres, in his Chronicle radio column today, notes that in the key demographic that interests advertisers, listeners 25-54, non-commercial KQED 88.5 is No. 1, followed closely by KOIT and KSAN (“The Bone”). 4. KIOI (“Star 101.3”) 5. KSOL 6. KCBS 7. KRZZ (“La Raza”) 8. A tie between KBLX and KMVQ (“Movin’ “). 10. KYLD (“Wild”) 11. KLLC (“Alice”) 12. KFOG 13. KKSF (“The Band”)
John Boland, the former “chief content officer” for KQED parent Northern California Public Broadcasting, has been named that organization’s new president and chief executive, replacing Jeff Clarke, who is retiring after a 45-year career. Boland’s appointment ends a search process of several months where it was rumored that three internal candidates were rejected by the board. Boland, who left for PBS in 2006, will take over on March 22. Here’s the press release.
David Weir of BNET says the deal to create a non-profit local news organization in San Francisco based at KQED has collapsed. Weir reports that KQED has pulled out of the deal, a fact that has been confirmed by Berkeley J-School dean Neil Henry in an e-mail to Poynter’s Romenesko. However, Henry says, “We have secured an outstanding CEO and an extraordinary editor in chief whose names will be announced later this month.” That matches what the Press Club was
KQED-FM 88.5 and KALW 91.7 are among the outlets picked by National Public Radio to participate in a major news experiment backed by $3 million in support from foundations, according to paidContent.org. With USAToday.com editor Joel Sucherman at the helm, each station will focus in-depth on one major issue, such as green energy, health care or immigration, to name a few examples. The coverage will have a strong local focus for each station, but will also have national relevance.
KUSC-FM, a Los Angeles classical station licensed to the University of Southern California, is bragging that it is the top rated public radio station in the country, according to Arbitron. Normally that’s a crown that KQED or New York’s WNYC wears. It may be one more upset caused by Arbitron’s switch from diaries to Portable People Meters. During the spring quarter (April 2-June 24) for listeners 6 and older:• KUSC, 737,000 listeners per week • WNYC, 721,500 • KQED, 704,300
Northern California Public Broadcasting announced Monday it will cut 13 percent of its budget and eliminate 44 positions in order to save about $8 million. But, as Joe Garofoli of the Chron notes, no reporters will leave KQED-FM and no TV staff will depart. Productions such as “Spark,” “This Week In Northern California” and “Quest” would continue with new episodes airing in the spring. However, the Merc’s Charlie McCollum observed that KTEH, which merged with KQED in 2006, was hit
Veteran journalist and online editor Bruce Koon has been named KQED-FM’s news director. Koon is a former reporter and editor for the National Observer, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner. In 1995, after 22 years in print newspapers, he moved to the San Jose Mercury News’ Mercury Center and Knight Ridder’s online division. Executive news editor for Knight Ridder Digital from 2002 to 2006, Koon developed the company’s shared content
In his “Multimedia Notes” column, Bill Mann says KGO-AM has a policy of refusing to book guests who have appeared first on another Bay Area station. KQED-FM’s Michael Krasny is quoted by Mann as saying the policy is ridiculous. Krasny adds: “However, we’ve found that, despite their clout derived from their No. 1 berth, we have leverage at ‘Forum’ based on the simple fact that our numbers are significant and more books are purchased by our listeners. And when necessary,