Television

Big day for newsroom carnage at KCBS/KCAL

Rumors have been flying for the past day or so, and about three hours ago KCAL anchor Pat Harvey tweeted: "Sad day at the duopoly. Some of my co-workers lost their jobs.Want to thank them for their hard work and friendship." I'm told that at least a dozen staffers were let go today, perhaps as many as 20, and that many of them were considered close to former news director Nancy Bauer-Gonzales, who was replaced in January. Anchor Suzanne Rico's bio is already gone from the website (it was there earlier today.) TV sources say that managing editor Paul Skolnick, news ops manager Doug Dougherty and producer Jeff Soto are among those who are out. Reports also persist that longtime weatherman Johnny Mountain is part of this, but I have no confirmation of that and he remains on the website. Also, an on-air veteran at another station says that Sharon Tay emerges from the carnage as an anchor at 5 and 11 p.m.

Update: "All those aligned closely with Bauer got it today," says a TV source close to KCBS/KCAL.


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