CBS Layoffs Hit TV, News Divisions
April 2, 2008 at 5:32 AM (PT)
The latest wave of job cuts at CBS CORP. spared local radio staffers but hit the company's TV stations and news department hard, with about 1% of the CBS NEWS workforce laid off, according to TV NEWSER, while reports across the country indicate layoffs at some of the company's owned-and-operated TV stations.
The BOSTON HERALD reported that 30 staffers were let go at WBZ-TV/BOSTON, while the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reported an undisclosed series of layoffs at WCBS-TV (CBS 2)/NEW YORK, the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reported 17 layoffs at WBBM-TV (CBS 2)/CHICAGO and the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE said that 14 layoffs took place at KPIX (TV)/SAN FRANCISCO. BROADCASTING AND CABLE adds that KCNC-TV/DENVER and KOVR-TV/SACRAMENTO were also hit by layoffs.
And the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS has confirmed that KCBS-TV (CBS 2) and KCAL-TV/LOS ANGELES were hit by the layoffs, as well as KTVT (TV) and KTXA (TV) (TXA21)/DALLAS and WFOR-TV (CBS 4)/MIAMI. Many of the layoffs included prominent and longtime anchors and personalities, such as KCBS/KCAL anchors ANN MARTIN and HAROLD GREENE, WBZ sports anchor BOB LOBEL, WBBM anchor DIANN BURNS, and KPIX veteran reporters BILL SCHECHNER and MANNY RAMOS.