Corporate radio downsizing continues

With the current economic downturn, more corporate broadcasters are making a variety of cuts attempting to survive the diminishing ad revenues supporting their operations.  Townsquare Media has made a total of 65 layoffs; 25 of those were corporate. Ten of the layoffs were full-time on-air talent. Over 30 executives have volunteered to take a temporary pay reduction and more are volunteering to do so, taking a 10% temporary pay reduction.

Today’s Radio Insight is reporting that iHeart Media CEO Bob Pittman and CFO Rich Bressler announced a number of 90 day furloughs of some employees that we have learned include part-time on-air talent, members of promotions and marketing departments and sales assistants. Those furloughed will continue to receive health benefits and can file for state unemployment. Pittman will also voluntarily take no salary for the remainder of the year and has given up his annual incentive bonus, while Bressler and other members of iHeart’s senior management will take between 30% and 70% reductions in pay.

Meanwhile, other companies have made similar moves in the past couple of weeks. Beasley and Adams cut salaries across the board by 10%. Entercom has furloughed and then laid-off many part-timers. Alpha Media made cuts in multiple markets, while Saga has cut two staffers in each cluster. Smaller groups such as Meruelo Media, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and Neuhoff Media have made cuts and/or furloughs of employees.


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Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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