Daily Archives: January 6, 2009

Latest Layoffs: Wendy Corona Cut at KPRC/Houston

The Houston Chronicle

Wendy Corona/Houston Chron Photo

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.

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Raycom Acquisition of WBRC/Birmingham Earns Rave Reviews

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.

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Not Yet Clear on Twitter? Read This…

logo_npr_125NPR’s Corey Flintoff (with an assist from NPR’s social media guru Andy Carvin) discuss the uses of social media in reporting on the current crisis in Gaza.  This is great reading for anyone who’s still trying to figure out how social media are working their way into mainstream reporting.  And it’s not just journalists using social media, it’s governments as well.

Once you’re convinced, get yourself on Twitter, and add @standupkid.  (Andy Carvin’s also there @acarvin)

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Latest Layoffs: Bob Irzyk Out at “The 33″/Dallas

Bob Irzyk/KDAF Photo

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.

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“Flights Out” in DFW as Stations Cut Back

WNYW/NYCs Sky Fox

Air Warrior: WNYW/NYC's Sky Fox

The air wars over Dallas/Ft. Worth are changing as budget constraints lead to cutbacks in air coverage.  Ed Bark reports Sky 4, Chopper 5 and Chopper 11 are all grounded, as KDFW, KXAS and KTVT have grounded their existing choppers and crews, to be replaced with service from a cheaper company.

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Latest Layoffs: Walt Maciborski Out at WFTS/Tampa

Tampa Tribune reports WFTS/Tampa has declined to renew the contract of anchor Walt Maciborski, who’s been anchoring the 5 and 5:30 at “ABC Action News” for three years.  Maciborski told the Trib, “”It was a combination of things, including the end of my contract and the economy being in the tank and my desire to explore some other opportunities.”

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.

Walt Maciborski/WFTS Photo

Walt Maciborski/WFTS Photo

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