Saturday, February 5, 2011
Rounding out the list, in descending order: Laura Walker, CEO of WNYC Radio, $474,808; Al Jerome, KCET president, $426,688; Jeff Clarke, CEO, Northern California Public Broadcasting, $406,501; Neal Shapiro, WNET president, $400,570; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA president, $391,904; Thomas Conway, WNET V.P., $374,321; Daniel Schmidt, WTTW president, $347,491.
William Kling, Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media president, $347,217; Jonathan Abbott, WGBH president, $337,870; Jon McTaggart, MPR/APR CEO, $313,967; Joseph Bruns, WETA executive v.p., $303,108; Linda O'Bryon, Northern California Public Broadcasting chief content officer, $282,360; Paula Apsell, senior exec producer at WGBH, $278,209; Dean Cappello, chief creative officer, WNYC Radio, $272,072; Deborah Hinton, KCET exec v.p., $251,446; Dennis Haarsager, NPR interim CEO, $219,369; and Reese Marcusson, WTTW CFO, $214,397.
And…it doesn’t end there. A few near-“star NPR” salaries from 2008:
Robert Siegel makes $350,288.
Renee Montagne's salary is $332,160.
Scott Simon makes $300,648.
Simply remarkable. And - don’t get me started on the multi-media multi-millionaires the CPB/NPR/PBS triumvirate has launched, from Garrison Keillor to Ira Glass, Michael Feldman to the Magliozzi brothers, Ken Burns to Gwen Ifill. All on….at least in part…your federal tax dimes…and your state tax dimes…and your local tax dimes…and your donations of your coffee money, and your lunch money, and your old cars and trucks…and those sponsorships from those advertisers…errr…corporate sponsors.
(a) “Advertisement” defined
2. to express the views of any person with respect to any matter of public importance or interest; or
To be sure, the bill as currently amended does provide for the use of “business or institutional logograms” - Sec. 399a. [47 U.S.C 399a]:
For purposes of this section, the term “business or institutional logogram” means any aural or visual letters or words, or any symbol or sign, which is used for the exclusive purpose of identifying any corporation, company, or other organization, and which is not used for the purpose of promoting the products, services, or facilities of such corporation, company, or other organization.
(b) Permitted uses
The provisions of this section shall not be construed to limit the authority of the Commission to prescribe regulations relating to the manner in which logograms may be used to identify corporations, companies, or other organizations.