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Layoffs And Cutbacks at PBS NewsHour
(NYT)
The PBS NewsHour, the signature nightly newscast on public television, is planning its first significant round of layoffs in nearly two decades. Because of declines in support from corporate sponsors, the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will close the two offices it has outside of the Washington area — in Denver and San Francisco — and lay off most of the employees there. The company, which is based in Arlington, Va., will also eliminate several of what it calls “noncritical production positions” at its main office. TVNewser None of the affected staffers were named in the email, but TVNewser hears that one of those departing is San Francisco correspondent Spencer Michels, who started reporting for the program 30 years ago. While the program will still maintain in-house crews, the NewsHour will rely more on freelance contributions going forward. Poynter / MediaWire “We believe the staff restructuring and production changes, along with continuing Web investment, will make us stronger and enable us to be more effective and nimble,” NewsHour public relations manager Anne Bell writes in an email to Poynter. Deadline Hollywood It will be the show’s first major round of layoffs since the mid-‘90s.

Greece Suspends State Broadcaster ERT to Save Money (BBC)
The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, calling it a “haven of waste.” Viewers watching the news on the main TV channel saw the screens go to black late on Tuesday evening. All employees have been suspended pending a re-organization. Reuters Greece’s government promised on Wednesday to relaunch a slimmed-down state broadcaster ERT in a matter of weeks after a firestorm of protests from journalists, trade unions and coalition partners over its sudden closure. TVNewser ERT will reopen eventually, but with a fraction of its 2,900 staff members.

Interns Win Huge Victory in Labor Lawsuit Against Fox (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
In a ruling that is likely to be well read throughout Hollywood and maybe corporate America at large, a federal judge on Tuesday has handed a couple of the interns suing Fox Searchlight a victory on summary judgment and also certified a class action over the internship programs of Fox Entertainment Group. The lawsuit was first brought in late 2011 by two interns — Alex Footman and Eric Glatt — who both worked on Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan and claimed that the company’s unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws.

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Pandora Buys Terrestrial Radio Station in South Dakota, Aims for Lower ASCAP Royalties (Billboard / Biz)
Internet radio giant Pandora is taking an innovative route to lower ASCAP fees: The purchase of a small-market terrestrial radio station. The company announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota. Terms of the deal, which closed last Wednesday, were not disclosed. The Hill / Congress Blog Christopher Harrison, assistant general counsel at Pandora: “This acquisition allows us to qualify for the same RMLC license under the same terms as our competitors. While this might seem like an unexpected move for Pandora, it makes sense even beyond the licensing parity.”

The Best (And Worst) Cities for Newspapers (Ad Age / Media News)
The percentage of daily print newspaper readers in the U.S. has fallen nearly 20 percent since 2001, according to research firm Scarborough. But that drop has not been spread evenly, with print readership remaining strong in some metropolitan areas. In several cities rimming the Great Lakes and Northeast, the percentage of adults who claim to read a print newspaper daily hovered around 50 percent in 2012, compared with 35.7 percent nationwide, Scarborough found. FishbowlNY The data showed that Pittsburgh is the best city for a print newspaper, with 51 percent of people saying they read the paper at least once per day. Albany was tied for second with Hartford/New Haven, with 49 percent reading a print paper daily. Rounding out the top five cities for print papers was another tie, between New York, Toledo and Buffalo, all at 47 percent.