New York Public Radio has eliminated 14 positions, citing financial challenges including weak sponsorship income and the need to stem a mounting deficit. CEO Goli Sheikholeslami announced the cuts in a memo to staff Friday. Sheikholeslami said in the memo that "preliminary work on the FY22 budget shows we are entering the next fiscal year with a sizable deficit. And we cannot achieve our goals and meet our commitments while shouldering a fourth year of losses." She added that NYPR entered the pandemic with a deficit. Four of the employees affected were in news, with the rest in other departments, Sheikholeslami wrote. She did not disclose which staffers. "These decisions were not made lightly or with haste," she wrote. "We have done everything we can to avoid taking these steps."
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