Several CBS stations across the country have done a wave of layoffs eliminating, in some cases, long-time veterans. Here’s the roundup:
WBZ-4 in Boston: the Herald reports management “whacked 30 employees,” with insiders dubbing the day “Black Monday.” The station refused to identify who was let go, but sources say the managing editor, writers and producers were axed. No reporters or anchors, who are under contract, were cut. It’s the second round of layoffs in just over a year at WBZ.
WBBM-2 in Chicago: 18 employees were eliminated from all departments, including the station’s lead anchor, Diann Burns. Reporter Rafael Romo, who crossed over from Chicago’s Univision station, was one of the casualties. The Tribune reports some were layoffs, others were told their contracts would not be renewed, as in the case of anchor Diann Burns.
KPIX-5 in San Francisco: The Chronicle reports the Bay Area was hit with 14 job cuts. Among them, veteran reporters Manny Ramos and Bill Schechner, who had been at the station for decades. Two other reporters were also cut.
WCBS-2 in NYC: 2 reporters are out and the “Sports Sunday” wrapup show is history as part of station cutbacks, according to the NY Daily News.
KTVT-11 in Dallas: The station started their cuts earlier – on Friday. Ed Bark is reporting at least 5 newsroom staffers, including anchor/reporter Maria Arita are out of the picture at the station. By the way, check out his blog, it has a very interesting critique about CBS and their “mandatory cuts.”