COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Educational Television officials say layoffs are likely as it loses nearly $600,000 in funding because of mandatory federal budget cuts.
The State of Columbia reports that SCETV President Linda O'Bryon told senators the loss of that money will mean layoff, but she doesn't know how many employees will be let go or what programs might be ended.
The agency operates four production facilities, 11 television and eight radio towers, and 600 microwave towers across South Carolina.
SCETV has lost 95 employees since 2008, and its state funding has fallen from $16.5 million to about $9 million. The agency current has about 130 employees.
SCETV is losing $588,000 in grant support from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, a federally created nonprofit media company.
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