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MPBN Puts 'MaineWatch' on Hiatus, Lays off 10
04/05/2013 01:10 PM ET  

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

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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