About a week ago, Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia got fired. Crain's has more information today:
The Chicago Public Media board, led by Baird & Warner Inc. CEO Stephen Baird, last month requested the resignation of CEO Torey Malatia, 61, who gained national prominence with program hits such as “This American Life” and “Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me” early in his 18-year tenure. Lackluster ratings and fundraising at the nonprofit precipitated his downfall. Mr. Malatia declines to comment.
Meanwhile, WBEZ's ratings declined in the past two years, to a range of 1.4 to 1.8 percent of total listening time for the first half of 2013 from a range of 1.9 to 2.5 in 2010. Its revenue from listeners and grants remained about the same, though Mr. Baird says the outlet is in “good financial shape,” with 65,000 members and income up from five years ago. By comparison, public radio station WBUR-FM in Boston has some 64,000 members in a smaller market.
Chief operating officer Alison Scholly has been promoted to acting CEO.