Tuesday, July 12, 2005

OPB

It looks like it's happening again. A few years back, OPB dumped it "beloved" production crew, only to hire them back without benefits and guaranteed hours. Most of those people were so dedicated to the product and the work, they toughed it out.

Now, as the O reported this AM, OPB is calling for replacement workers in case of a strike. Funny thing is, the workers haven't even voted to go out. Sounds like another case of "we don't really think you're all that important to us."

Insiders, what's the real story?

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This insensitivity towards people must be a manifestation of the liberal bias of PBS.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's another black eye for OPB's upper management, and another strike against the COO on his quest to be CEO.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

...a CEO who will make a SIX-digit salary, with a 10% bonus every year (that's public record folks, look it up)

...while the worker bees work double time, as more people are laid off, as they lose their health benefits battling useless anti-union middle-management, and sucking it up just to get a below-cost-of-living raise (a 2% raise of the peanuts they're given as salary)

the internal workings of opb do not reflect the noble mission of public broadcasting

this is not new news... this struggle with management happens every two years when the union contract ends

to answer your question simply, the toxicity comes down from the top, and weaves it's way through the fabric of opb

I gave my blood, sweat & tears, sacrificed my physical health, for the mission of public broadcasting... opb was the worst environment I have ever worked in

the toxic internal politics existed before I worked there, and continue to this day

working at opb, compared with the image of opb, is like night & day

opb has a massive dark underbelly, and it's name is management

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lisa said...
"...a CEO who will make a SIX-digit salary, with a 10% bonus every year (that's public record folks, look it up)

". . .opb has a massive dark underbelly, and it's name is management."

Which deftly explains why I won't give money to OPB until both Orme and Galmiche are gone.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger MAX Redline said...

Heh! Something like "are you now or have you ever been a manager?" is one of the questions on the idiocy test here: http://snipurl.com/g7ox
Discovered on the WorldWide Pablo blog....

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 5:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a toxic corporate culture which defends itself by hiding the lawsuits it has lost and the large amounts of money paid out, that nobody ever hears about.
Recently an employee was told she was fired while she was in the hospital for surgery. The doctors and nurses said they had never heard of a thing like that happening.
That's the destination of your pledge money.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 7:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I gave my blood, sweat & tears, sacrificed my physical health, for the mission of public broadcasting... opb was the worst environment I have ever worked in"
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"working at opb, compared with the image of opb, is like night & day"

It's ironic to me that you say that. As a KPTV/KPDX worker bee, I have the exact opposite experience. Despite the Darth Vader image our station has throughout much of the community, I find it to be pleasant environment in which to work. I sure hope this doesn't change now that Teresa is leaving.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OPB has been a toxic environment pretty much since its founding. Well, I don't know about the 1920s with the aggies at KOAC, but as far back as possible in the memories of people I worked with there. And that dated back to the '50s.

I did Morning Edition there as a temp briefly and was up for the permanent position. I got called into the PD's office for the following exchange, which I swear is nearly verbatim:

PD: "This has been the easiest transition we've ever had, not one negative phone call, lots of positive phone calls, and you've got just the right tone for the show--authoritative but humorous. You've been great, exactly what we wanted."

Me: "Gosh, thanks."

PD: "And we're hiring someone else."

Me: "..."

PD: "Oh, and can you train her next week?"

Which I did. It wasn't the poor thing's fault and I needed the extra week's pay. And as weird as that conversation was, I was actually pretty relieved. Dodged the bullet that time!

Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous John said...

You can tell on the air that those people on OPB dread the summons from the PD, or whatever. The fear of consequences for making a mistake is what leads to the constant apologies for little stumbles. In fact the fear is what leads to the stumbles...as any broadcaster knows. That's why the good managers (and believe it or not, there are some in this market) are smart enough to leave the talent alone.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 4:33:00 PM  
Blogger Bill T said...

John, where can I get some of those good managers? I'd be willing to pay top dollar!

--Weekend producer in market 49 who finally got off mornings after 2 1/2 years of doing (almost) everything (desk, writing, producing 2 hour AM show with 2 anchors)

Saturday, July 16, 2005 2:25:00 AM  

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