Friday, February 19, 2016

KHOU employees getting buyout offer from TEGNA

Longtime KHOU employees offered voluntary TEGNA buyout package

UPDATE APRIL 21, 2016
Mario Gomez & others to leave KHOU 11

UPDATE APRIL 10, 2016
Doug Miller leaving KHOU 11 after 23 years


Sources tell me that longtime KHOU employees are being offered voluntary buyouts by parent company TEGNA.

That means we might see large groups of folks leaving the Houston CBS affiliate including familiar on air faces.

From what I hear, offers have gone out based on age (55) and years worked at the station (15 years). Those who take the offer could get a certain payment for each year of service.

As you might imagine some employees are excited about the offer, others concerned.

We'll see who starts leaving within the next month or so.

Other Houston stations have had the same type of offers for employees in the past.

UPDATE APRIL 21, 2016
Mario Gomez & others to leave KHOU 11

UPDATE APRIL 10, 2016
Doug Miller leaving KHOU 11 after 23 years

UPDATE
- KVUE offering buyouts to selected employees
- WFAA has the same offer




25 comments:

  1. All the people in smaller TEGNA market stations will rush up to Houston and Dallas if they have a similar offer at WFAA.

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  2. Wow! WFAA could really be impacted by this action. Lot of old-timers up there.

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  3. tegna stations are incredibly understaffed already, it is impossible to see how this could benefit anyone including the stockholders. Does tegna produce a number one rated newscast anywhere in America?. The stories really are tragic.

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  4. So let me get the logic here. KHOU had a golden chance to become the new news leader after Channel 13 abandoned the kind of in depth content and long form investigative work for you tube stuff and traffic wrecks. Instead of increasing the staff with knowledge of Houston, they want all the veterans out the door. It certainly is cheaper, and it continues the absolute dismantling of what was once a great news town for local reporting.

    Good for my business, but sad for Houstonians.

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    1. Really Wayne? What pile of prompter scripts have you been hiding under? It's called "They have a plan. And they don't care what we think"! It's worked in other markets, they think it will work here. KHOU wasn't locally owned. None of the majors in town are. Ya want local TV? How small a market you willing to go? Unless it's sweeps, or bleeds, or has black smoke, they don't care. You know that!

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    2. Wayne, it's not even good for your business, if you're still involved with TV news. Well, unless you're producing TMZ style news reports. Look what's going on in the Houston market: 39 has Newsfix which is about as close to TMZ style reporting as I've ever seen. I can't say anything about our Fox station's news because I never watch it. It is as you said about 13 and channel 2 is more concerned with reporting on dogs than in what's important. For example, early voting began last Tuesday, and I NEVER saw anything about on the news broadcasts I've seen all week. Possibly the most important election in 8 years and? Crickets.

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  5. TEGNA sucks! The production quality of Channel 11 news has suffered greatly since the TEGNA takeover. Local news in general is becoming a joke.

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  6. I guess that means Bob Allen and Matt Musil will be gone from sports and that clown Pablo will stay. Bummer. Ron Trevino will probably be gone too.

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  7. Any updates even on Bob anywhere. I have seen the new reporters coming in for the Station the last few months and seems like ones moving around to different slots with the news.

    I do miss Bob with the Sports. Pablo is ok but still we shall see who is still around and more as time goes.

    I am still getting used to 3 people on the desk at the 6 pm News.

    I have not been crazy with the Tegna or Gannet or whatever the first group that was that bought the station and then split it and Tegna took the news area or such.

    I would miss Ron in the Mornings. Wonder where we will see that one that is coming in with his wife becoming the new Station Director or something taking over for Phillip Bruce.

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  8. Gannett/TEGNA laid off a bunch of KHOU staffers shortly after the sale in 2014, including a few that had been there for decades. Guess those oldsters can take some comfort in the knowledge that they eventually would have been tossed out the door, regardless.

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  9. I guess this means no more Shern-Min?

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  10. Can they please get rid of Pablo? Worst. Sports. Anchor. Ever. Matt and Daniel are WAY better. Who made the decision to hire this clown?

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  11. If only Pablo were 55, or had 15 years, or was sentenced to 15 years, or anything, just get him out of there!

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  12. The anchor was cut off in mid sentence by the computer at the end of the Saturday 6 pm newscast. As of 10:15 Saturday night, the current temperature still displays 71, which is what has been showing since early Friday am. TEGNA has turned this station into small market amateur hour.

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  13. I have noticed a lot of things different with KHOU since the take over etc. A lot of older people seem to be out and younger are coming in of reporters too. I am not a crazy one for Pablo with sports. Matt and Daniel were never FULL TIME for the station so that is why Pablo was brought in as Bob would be out for a while and if he will be back with station who knows. I know Shern Min some may not like either but she has been with 3 of the stations don't think was with KRIV that I know of. But wonder what will come by Spring months or such with the Station. But Have seen so many changes and more hard to get used to where people are. Seems like with Morning Mia was there just as a fill in or did the Health Wise. Now she is the 5 pm Anchor and Lisa 4/6/10. Noon had Ron by himself for so long and then put all the different morning people with him there and then Shern Min with him or Lily and Shern Min was weekend with Rekha and now is Noon by herself and fills in with the rest of newscasts as well. Is more craziness to come.

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  14. News at 10 on Sunday 2/21 - temperature is STILL 71 at TEGNA 11 Houston.

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  15. Monday, 2/22, 5:30 am news - still holding steady at 71. That's 3 days and counting. Way to go TEGNA!

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  16. Here comes a bunch of newbies with pretty faces and low salaries. Here comes a bunch of misspelled captions and bad pronunciations.

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  17. Completely in agreement with all of the above comments. I guess we shouldn't be surprised by TEGNA/Gannett's decisions ~ Think about it, when was the last time any of us actually paid for a copy of USA Today (...and not including a "complementary" copy in the morning from a Marriott/Hilton chain).

    Turning to TEGNAsports....
    Houston...Don't get me started about Pablo, I can't get the remote fast enough to switch to Randy (KPRC2) ...If I wasn't there already...(Yet, we are so far removed from Ron, Jan, Ron, and Doug / I'd switch to 2 if it wasn't for Bill and Dominique.)
    Dallas...Hanson has to be the only person in Texas (perhaps the nation) with a commentary/opinion that actually merits the standards of yesteryear (...and that's across the board - news, political, sports, etc.). Hope he's not ready to retire to Waxahachie, but who could blame him.... *(A note of thanks to UncleBarky in DFW too-Tag below)
    Austin - Mike Barnes (K-vuuuuuue him out already)
    San Antonio - Joe Reinagel (No opinion, not a Spurs fan)

    ---Still 71F at 12p 2.22.16 / Maybe the thermometer is in the studio so it wouldn't get wet...Please do something David/Chita/Brooks... Note: Website has 65F

    Thanks Mike for all you provide with your website! Honestly, you are THE SOURCE for "local" news in Houston and *Texas.

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  18. Anyone want to guess who are the anchors & reporters, who got the boot ?

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    1. I'd be willing to bet that Greg Hurst, Ron Trevino, Shern Min-Chow, Matt Musil, David Paul, Darby Douglas, Mario Gomez, Doug Miller and Jeremy Rogalski all get offers to take the boot

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  19. Monday 5/22 10 pm news - temperature holding steady at 71 TEGNA degrees.

    **UPDATE**

    Tuesday 5/23 5:30 am news - temperature display is 63 degrees - the actual temperature - what a concept.

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  20. Bob Allen's bio no longer appears on the website. The sports department now consists of Pablo the Clown, Matt, and Daniel.

    That's very disappointing.

    Whenever Pablo's on, I can't change the channel fast enough.

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  21. can we protest this

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  22. i hope mario don t leave

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