In an internal memo, obtained by Bloomberg, NPR Chief Executive Officer John Lansing said that the media organization, which is both publicly and privately funded, needs to reduce spending by millions.
According to the Bloomberg report, Lansing told his employees that NPR needs to cut spending by about $10 million to make its budgeted $5.2 million deficit. Currently, the organization is expected to come up at least $20 million short in sponsorships this fiscal year. An NPR spokesperson told the outlet that a large portion of the revenue comes from corporate sponsorships.
"This is close to a total hiring freeze," Lansing said, noting that layoffs are not inevitable at this time.
Earlier this month, NPR came under fire for airing pro-abortion propaganda that featured audio of a vacuum aspirator device sucking out a woman's unborn twin babies.
On the Morning Edition show, Michigan-based host Kate Wells glibly narrated an 11-minute segment detailing the time she spent at the Northland Family Planning Clinic outside Detroit. During the segment, one can hear distressing sounds like the patient groaning in discomfort.
Recently, it seems as if people have grown tired of NPR's political leanings, despite its characterization as an unbiased source.
The hiring freeze comes as other companies like CNN, Twitter, and Meta all announce large layoffs.
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