- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s public television and radio station is cutting jobs, citing the recession and lesser funding from the state and federal government.

The nonprofit WQED - which runs both a public television and public radio station with the same call letters - was the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster when it was founded 60 years ago. It’s perhaps best known for introducing “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and is well-known for its locally-produced documentaries and public affairs shows.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1BzDn5t ) reports the station cut three full-time and one part-time employee, and cut five full-timers to part-time. Four vacant jobs won’t be filled.

WQED has about 180 employees.

Director of Corporate Communications George Hazimanolis says the audience shouldn’t notice any differences in programming or quality on either station.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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