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The Recessionary Blues

Pubcaster WETA (tv and radio) will pinkslip six staffers by March 1 and eliminate seven more positions through attrition in a bid to deal with a projected $750,000 revenue gap for the year.

WETA officials said the cuts are the result of recessionary woes in the local economy, coupled with the loss of funding for two tv programs: “Smithsonian World” and “In Performance At The White House.” The station also has experienced flat growth in membership renewals this year after six years of nearly double-digit increases, per station execs.

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