Staff Seeks CEO’s Dismissal At Chicago Public Media


By Cameron Coats

Journalists at Chicago Public Media’s NPR Member station WBEZ-FM are calling for the immediate removal of outgoing CEO Matt Moog, in response to the dismissal by CPM of 14 employees in April.

Moog defended the CPM board’s decision due to falling revenues, and this prompted the vote of no confidence.

Union members from WBEZ’s SAG-AFTRA local and the Chicago Newspaper Guild at the Chicago Sun-Times – which was acquired by CPM under Moog’s leadership – participated heavily in the vote, with 86% turnout and 96% in favor of Moog’s removal. Nine of the 14 cuts were unionized content creators at WBEZ. They also demanded a halt to any layoffs or buyouts for the remainder of Moog’s tenure and greater transparency from CPM’s governing board.

Moog has stated that despite the vote, he will not be stepping out of the CEO until a successor is named, which would likely be around August. In a statement, he said, “After fifteen years of service to the organization as a board member and CEO, it saddens me to be personally attacked for taking the necessary and responsible steps to reduce expenses to offset the financial impact of declining broadcast and print audiences … I thank the board of directors and the executive team for their partnership and full support of those steps to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the organization.”

Moog has been at CPM’s helm since 2020 after serving on the board for ten years prior.

CPM Board Chair Robert Pasin commented, “In spite of the considerable headwinds facing news organizations all across the country, Matt’s leadership has contributed to doubling the size of Chicago Public Media’s audience, fostering the most diverse staff and audience in our history and guiding the development of a comprehensive strategic plan that will steer the organization into a stronger position for the long-term.”

The cuts also saw the removal of the “Vocalo” service from WBEW-FM 91.1 in Chicago, with the idea the station would transition to a digital-only model while merging its team with CPM’s Arts & Culture division. The changes also phased out non-newsroom podcast productions.

When announcing the layoffs to staff, the broadcaster’s Executive Leadership Team blamed sinking sponsorship, advertising, and philanthropy alongside audience behavioral shifts toward digital content.


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