The Mission-owned, Nexstar-run CBS affiliate in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, Pa., will replace its news with syndicated fare at 4, 6, 7 and 11 p.m., laying off 14 fulltime employees.
Saying it is “adding new programming to its lineup to better meet the demands of Northeast Pennsylvania viewers,” Mission Broadcasting and Nexstar Broadcasting, the owner and operator, respectively, of WYOU Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa. announced today that beginning tomorrow, Saturday, April 4, they will replace all the local news broadcasts with syndicated entertainment and news magazine shows.
Nexstar, which also owns the NBC affiliate in the market, WBRE, said the changes will save approximately $900,000 each year, but will also mean the reduction of 14 fulltime employees in news, production and promotion.
To replace the news broadcasts, WYOU is adding Judge Joe Brown, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight.
Louis Abitabilo, VP-GM of the duopoly, said: “By offering a broad range of popular entertainment choices to our Wilkes-Barre/Scranton viewers, WYOU can provide additional attractive business solutions to our advertisers and as such we believe this is a win-win situation for our entire community.”
And Dennis Thatcher, Mission Broadcasting executive vice president-COO, said: “WYOU strives to deliver the most compelling television programming in the market to meet the demands and interests of our valued viewers.”