Noncommercial KCPT has eliminated one part-time and three full-time positions. Two producers, an education coordinator and the executive producer for cultural affairs were cut, said Angee Simmons, VP for TV production and creative services.
The Kansas City public TV station says it will use an anonymous donation to create the KCPT Center for Journalism, “an interactive digital news center for multimedia and multi-platform projects.” KCPT says the center will focus on news and “public affairs storytelling in the digital age.”
The Kansas City pubcaster’s main transmitter went down around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, which may have affected some viewers’ ability to watch the season finale of the hit series Downton Abbey. Engineers were able to get a backup transmitter to work by 7 p.m., the station reported on its website, but with a weaker signal. People trying to view the station over the air may have gotten a choppy signal or none at all.