Wednesday, June 24, 2009

 

WGBH, on-air fundraising, and top-heavy management....

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Philip Greenspun
has some thoughts about WGBH and their on-air fundraising. I don't know much about Philip, except that he seems to have some interesting observations on things from time to time. ;-)

Who knew that WGBH had FOURTEEN vice-presidents? All making between 200 & 300K?

Public Radio Fund Drives

Is there any fat to be trimmed? Back in 2006, according to the IRS Form 990 (available from guidestar.org), the company was paying 14 vice presidents between $200,000 and $300,000 per year in current and deferred compensation. Henry P. Becton, Jr., the president, helped himself to $350,000 per year. [Did they need to pay Becton $350,000 for fear that this hard-charging young executive would be hired away by a new station in Los Angeles? The guy was in his 60s and about to retire, but presumably the Trustees of this non-profit organization thought that the wisest use of donor money was to give Becton a big pay raise.]

Comments:
The call letters 'WGBH' were originally derived from the parent FM's transmitter location, Great Blue Hill. Now they stand for "We've Gone Bonkers Here", with all the non-stop funraising!
 
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