Monday, March 30, 2009

UPDATE on cuts at NBC 10 - WJAR

Earlier today we told you about the cuts at NBC 10 (WJAR-TV) in Providence. If you missed it, you can view it right here.

Now, here's the update and the statement from NBC 10 from its website -

"NBC 10 continues to face unprecedented economic challenges during this prolonged recession. We continue to experience weak spending, order cancellations and significant non-returning business by our advertisers. In order to continue efforts to adapt our operations to changing customers, we are reducing our workforce. In December we announced that we were installing newsroom automation that would result in a reduction in force. That reduction in addition to another 12 positions will be effective today, March 30, 2009. Full-time employees have been offered severance packages."

“We very much regret having to take this step,“ said Lisa Churchville, General Manager of NBC10. “The regional economy continues to contract. Both businesses and consumers continue to reduce spending and our advertising revenues have been adversely affected at unprecedented levels. We must continue to find ways to align our costs with the available revenue.“

Betty-Jo Cugini, has been with NBC 10 News for 22 years. Under her leadership the station attained national recognition with the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence. Churchville noted, “The strength of our news team is a testament to her vision and journalistic integrity.“

“As chief meteorologist, Gary Ley led us through many generations of cutting edge forecast technology. He played a key role in selecting and grooming our current team and we are grateful to him for building StormTeam 10.“

“Kelley McGee’s last broadcast was last night and we thank her for 13 years as a consummate journalist. For the last several years she as been our education reporter and weekend anchor.“

Unfortunately, we know this won't be the last of the cuts in our industry here.

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