MPBN to lay off up to 10 people due to federal sequester

1:28 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Public Broadcasting Network says it's laying off 10 employees because of funding reductions and lower public donations.

CEO and President Mark Volgelzang says $260,000 in mandated federal budget cuts along with state budget cuts and lower-than-expected donations are to blame.

Most of the layoffs will be drawn from a video production unit. The weekly news show "Maine Watch" will be on hiatus through the spring and summer.

MPBN is the latest agency in Maine to feel the sting from $85 billion in mandated federal budget cuts known as "sequestration."

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