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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

KHOU 11 experiences layoffs

First cuts at KHOU since Gannett took over Belo

I've heard from multiple sources this week that there have been layoffs at KHOU 11.

While I don't have exact numbers, I got word that possibly editors, master control operators, truck engineers, Great Day Houston staffers and the art department have all been affected.

Gannett took over the station after it bought Belo in 2013. I have not seen any mentions in the press of layoffs at other Gannett properties.

I asked KHOU reps for comment last night, but have not heard back. If I get something from the station, I will post it here.

KTRK abc13 just had layoffs last August.

Hearing from multiple people that WFAA in Dallas had layoffs too.

UPDATE 5/1/2014
TVSpy found out that there have been layoffs at other Gannett stations:

“We’re continually taking advantage of new technology to reallocate resources to our journalism and put more feet on the street,” a Gannett spokesperson tells TVSpy. “Occasionally, these efforts result in staffing adjustments.”

UPDATE 5/2/2014
Gary Dinges reports four behind-the-scenes positions have been eliminated at Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.

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