Station to focus on regional issues
VANCOUVER–Seattle-based pubcaster KCTS-TV is eliminating up to 35 jobs and cutting back on its national production slate. The size of the staff will be reduced by 25% by year-end and station CEO Burnill Clark, 61, will ankle in October.
The station, which derives nearly 40% of its subscriptions from viewers across the border in British Columbia, is showing a preliminary operating loss of $1.25 million for fiscal 2002. It expects to post another operating loss at the end of its current fiscal year.
Efforts begun three years ago to become a major producer of national programming for PBS will cease. “It was an ambitious effort that has not produced the results we hoped for,” said Clark. The station will now focus on programs dealing with Seattle and regional issues.
KCTS has led the national effort to resist advertising on PBS stations, which some affiliates insist is the only way to make their stations viable as revenue from traditional sources dwindles.