Pablo Gutierrez, a former anchor and executive producer for KAZR in Reno and 8 former employees filed suit on Tuesday against Pappas Telecasting for breach of contract. Pappas shut down both their English and Spanish news operations earlier this month.
Pablo is quoted in today’s Shoptalk: “We are seeking to be paid for the remaining of our contracts and other damages. All of us have multiple year agreements and after KREN and KAZR shut down on March 11… we were only offered a week severance. We feel this is unjust, since we all moved to Reno from different parts of the country for what we believed was a promising news operation…KREN did news for little over a year and was a CW affiliate…KAZR-TV was originally affiliated to Azteca America, but then Pappas started their own network called TuVisión…on this complaint there are nine former Pappas employees involved. All have contracts with Pappas. The amount owed to us in excess of 700,000.”