Readers: Six workers laid off at KPNX-TV in Phoenix

Gannett’s big NBC affiliate in the Arizona city laid off six workers yesterday — “with more probable,” according to one of two e-mails I’ve received. “There is speculation that after the digital transition in February, if not sooner, they will lay off the whole operations department, farming out operations to a hub.”

The second note says management has promised there are no more layoffs in the works, and that yesterday’s cuts are meant to shield the station against scary economic predictions for the next budget year. A decline in auto-related advertising was cited as primary reason.

Earlier: Layoffs hit the TV division, too; details, please!

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5 Responses to “Readers: Six workers laid off at KPNX-TV in Phoenix”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Management here has little experience with the hole layoff thing. It’s a relatively new concept in the building. They had their marching orders, but the general perception here is the budget people did their best to cut costs elsewhere to prevent this and/or delay it as long as people. We lament the departure of our friends, but I don’t think we have the acrimony other places seem to have for their bosses. It just seemed … unavoidable and out of their hands.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Do you know who got laid off? I know a couple people there from when I worked in Phoenix.Thanks for any info.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Brian Kotwasiski and Jerry Elms. Names I got from a friend who works in the marketing dept.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I not going to name names…but 8:07’s names are wrong.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I heard Jack James in production and Chris Gunnarson in news. Four others as well. One in sales, one td, one in promotions and the sixth I’m not so sure.

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