UAF cost savings include big cut to KUAC public radio, TV

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University of Alaska Chancellor Dan White last week outlined some of the steps the Fairbanks campus will take to meet budget cuts for that campus. The campus public broadcasting entity was a sitting duck.

Systemwide, the State of Alaska withdrew $25 million in support for the University of Alaska. The Fairbanks share of that is $12.5 million, but with some fixed costs going up and even with some across-the-board reductions, UAF still has to trim $10 million from its budget.

Unlike some other public broadcasting stations, KUAC’s employees are University of Alaska Fairbanks employees, which make them more costly than many of their public broadcasting counterparts, as they are part of the generous benefits package that comes with university employment.

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