The broadcasting agency faces an additional 7.5 percent spending reduction next year, part of statewide budget cuts ordered by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration.
"There's going to be some rough waters ahead," Adkins said.
Twenty percent of Public Broadcasting's staff is eligible to retire. To reduce costs, the agency would likely "consolidate" employee positions, spreading retired workers' duties among existing staff members, Adkins said.
"We're going to need pay raises for the extra duties they're taking on," he said.
Public Broadcasting has struggled financially in recent years because of a decline in corporate underwriting and fund-raising.
Also Wednesday, Adkins defended Public Broadcasting's response to the June 29 derecho storm that knocked out power to thousands of West Virginians.
At the time, some state officials raised questions about West Virginia Public Radio's decision to not provide extended coverage of the storm and recovery efforts statewide.
Adkins said Wednesday that news director Beth Vorhees was in Houston at a conference that week. Public Broadcasting also lost telephone and Internet service during the storm, he said.
He said the agency was taking steps -- meeting with governor's office employees and emergency management officials -- to ensure public radio was prepared for in-depth storm coverage in the future.
"We'll be really up to speed the next time that comes along," Adkins said.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.