New Orleans’ WYES cancels auctions, lays off eight employees

By Dru Sefton

WYES in New Orleans has laid off eight staffers and canceled its decades-old tradition of on-air auctions, reports the Times-Picayune.

Station President Allan Pizzato told the newspaper that revenue from the annual auctions of art, merchandise, travel tickets and wine “is not significant enough for us to be even doing it.”

“This is an effort to basically reorganize our resources,” Pizzato said, “so we can move in a direction that will help us raise more dollars to help WYES, and use those resources in a fashion we know will work.”

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