No Longer Flush With Cash, TV News Enters Belt-Tightening Era

As CNN, ABC News and others grapple with an advertising downturn and lower linear viewership, the new mandate is to trim costs and find savings however they can while staffers weather the storm.

Al-Jazeera Expected To Cut Hundreds Of Jobs

Layoffs At The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard

Jon Friedman Among MarketWatch Layoffs

More Cuts At P&G In Staff, Fees, Production

The new “culture of productivity” at Procter & Gamble Co. could cost marketing executives, agencies and other marketing suppliers plenty, as each has been targeted for deeper cuts, executives told analysts and investors at a meeting in Cincinnati yesterday.

Martha Stewart Living Cuts Jobs, Magazines

Sony To Cut HQ Staff By A Fifth, Shuts Japan Plant

Weather Channel Cutting 7% Of Its Staff

‘Tonight Show’ Cuts Staff; Leno Trims Pay

The payroll purge affected about 10% of the roughly 200 people who work on The Tonight Show, still the top-rated latenight program.

Entertainment Weekly Cuts Three Staffers

DMA 159

WPGX Panama City Lays Off 8 Staffers

Raycom Media, owner of the Fox affiliate in Panama City, Fla., laid off eight workers last month in a downsizing move. Six were full-timers and two were part-time employees.

Staff Layoffs Hit ‘Access Hollywood’

Although syndicated entertainment magazine show Access Hollywood is having a strong season, with ratings up 5% from last year, there were significant layoffs Wednesday. Sources place the number of employees let go at 14.


FCC OKs WUPW Sale; Layoffs Look Likely

The $22 million sale of LIN’s Toledo, Ohio, Fox affiliate to American Spirit Media got FCC approval on Monday. A service-sharing agreement with Raycom CBS affiliate WTOL attached to the sale allows the stations to share news staff and broadcasts.

Big Cuts Planned At NBC Entertainment

NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt is looking to slim down his bloated marketing department as part of an overhaul of the struggling Peacock Network. In the coming weeks, NBC Entertainment is set to undergo a revamp that will result in scores of pink slips (roughly 2% of the staff) across marketing, promotions and publicity, sources close to the situation said.

OWN’s ‘Rosie Show’ Cuts 30 Employees

DMA 10

KUHT Houston Lays Off 12 Employees

The University of Houston’s noncommercial station made the move as part of cost-cutting by the new general manager. Affected were personnel in production, programming, development, technology and administration.

DMA 52

WGNO New Orleans Lays Off Eight Staffers

Multiple news layoffs on- and off-camera accompany the expansion Monday evening of the Tribune ABC affiliate’s almost-year-old News with a Twist brand into the 5 p.m. time slot, in addition to its current 6 p.m. time slot. Gone are Jessica Holly, Glynn Boyd, Kristina Pink and Christian Jennings, plus four photographers. Also gone is the station’s 6:30 p.m. newscast, which Holly once anchored.

Current Cuts Staff Of ‘Vanguard’ Series

Kerger: PBS Eliminating 21 Positions

PBS is eliminating 13 current staff positions and eight vacancies, PBS President Paula Kerger said in a letter to the system Wednesday.


WFLD To Cut 10 Technicians In Shift To Hub

Fox-owned WFLD Chicago notified 10 technicians Thursday that their positions are being eliminated, the result of establishment of a central operations hub in Las Vegas set to come online this summer. The cuts will occur in the next month or so.


KERA Cuts Staff And Cancels ‘Think’

The Dallas PBS station announced today that it has eliminated the positions of six employees and is ending, on April 22, production of Think that airs three Fridays a month at 7 p.m.

DMA 70

New Owners Cut 20+ Jobs At WTVG Toledo

Only a week after SJL Broadcasting purchased the ABC affiliate and station officials announced there would be no job losses among the station’s 100 or so employees, approximately two dozen positions have been eliminated.


A Fuzzy PIX-ture In New York

Aggressive cost-cutting moves at Tribune’s CW affiliate WPIX — together with continued allegations of a harsh and unfriendly work environment — are taking their toll on morale at the Tribune-owned station. The latest move under News Director Bill Carey’s watch that unsettled staff came in the last several days, when the station shuttered the sports department, eliminated the sports director position and reassigned Lolita Lopez, the sports director, sources say.

MySpace Slashes Nearly Half Its Global Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Struggling entertainment site MySpace said Tuesday that it is cutting nearly half of its staff worldwide, or about 500 people, after an extensive revamp in October […]


Tech Layoffs At KOFY San Francisco

The Granite independent in San Francisco has has cut 20% of its technical work force, including half with more than 20 years of service.

DMA 52

WKBW Buffalo Lays Off Six Employees

About a week after the November sweeps ended and three weeks before Christmas, The Granite Broadcasting ABC affiliate gave six employees their walking papers Friday. Gone are three photographers, an assignment editor, a newly-hired producer and a staffer for the station’s website.

PBS’s ‘Nightly Business Report’ Cuts Jobs