The Houston Chronicle
Wendy Corona/Houston Chron Photo
is reporting tonight that anchor Wendy Corona has been released at KPRC/Houston, in an “economic decision.” Corona, who arrived at the Post-Newsweek station from PNS sister station WPLG/Miami, will not be replaced. Rachel McNeill and Dominique Sachse will co-anchor the 4 and 6 p.m. newscasts until a permanent replacement is named.
Classic quote from News Director Skip Valet: “We know that we are facing very difficult economic times, and we have to find efficiencies where we can. We’re looking at a lot of ways to do that. Unfortunately, in this case it involved a person.” Involved a person. Wow. At least he managed–as so few news directors seem to be able to do lately–to resist the insulting “we’re going in a different direction” cliche.
Employees at former FOX O&O WBRC/Birmingham are sighing and high-fiving with news Raycom has picked up BRC in a station swap with station group Local TV LLC, which gets WTVR/Richmond. Broadcasting and Cable has the nitty gritty on the $85 million deal.
Media guru @mtoney on Twitter summed it up this way: “Great move for Raycom, so-so for Local.” BRC’s newsers seem to agree.
Bob Irzyk/KDAF Photo
Sports Director Bob Irzyk was laid off yesterday at KDAF/Dallas (“The 33”, as they call themselves these days). Irzyk’s departure is the latest in a series of cuts at the station, as Ed Bark reports on his Uncle Barky blog.
Irzyk, an Emmy winner, previously worked in Chicago and at WFTS in Tampa.
NOTE: We’re looking for help in your market compiling a list of the local tv newsers who’ve lost their jobs over the last year. Please forward names/links and suggestions for this; we’d like to get a true sense of just what these layoffs have done to our industry.