Archive for the ‘KPNX’ Category

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

August 28, 2008

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!

Cutbacks at your station? Please post details in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Gannett said shuttering Flagstaff TV station

August 7, 2008

From two reader e-mails: GCI is closing Channel 2, KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Ariz. — perhaps the smallest of the broadcasting division‘s 23 stations — after the NBC affiliate’s last newscast, Aug. 15, because of poor advertising sales. “KNAZ’s news, production and advertising sales departments will cease operations on that date,” one reader says.

The outlet has been owned for 10 years by Gannett’s Phoenix station, KPNX-TV, the reader says, adding: “All of the laid-off employees are eligible for severance packages and can apply for open positions at KPNX and at Gannett’s other TV stations.”

Flagstaff is two hours north of Phoenix. KPNX also is an NBC affiliate.

Calling Phoenix: Tell us about today’s buyouts

July 17, 2008

[‘Real estate-centric’ — a satellite photo of downtown Phoenix]

The Arizona Republic briefs newsroom staff this afternoon on a second round of buyout offers now being rolled out. Top Editor Randy Lovely (left) leads the 4 p.m. meeting.

Gannett’s second-biggest newspaper by circulation (USA Today is No. 1) has been especially hard-hit by the nation’s mortgage industry meltdown. As a result, Arizona is one of four states that have been a big drag on GCI’s faltering earnings. “The struggling economy has put pressure on advertising demand for our publishing segment particularly classified advertising in our real estate-centric markets in the U.S. and in the UK,” CEO Craig Dubow said yesterday in Gannett’s second-quarter earnings report.

The Republic may be GCI’s single-biggest employer; it has nearly 2,700 employees, Corporate says. The other three real-estate heavy states: California, Florida and Nevada. Phoenix also is home to KPNX-TV, which employs about 200.

Questions for Republic staffers: How many buyouts is the paper offering? Are departments other than news getting offers? And how do the terms of these buyouts differ from the last round? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Earlier: Tipster says Phoenix lays off 50 in circulation, elsewhere. Plus: a bad forecast in Gannett’s war room

[Photo: Google Earth]

Reports: KPNX, other stations ‘purging’ employees

May 15, 2008

Citing messages on its discussion board, TVSpy says Gannett is “purging” employees at some of its 23 TV stations — including at KPNX in Phoenix, and WTSP in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Fla. A Gannett Blog reader yesterday told me on the QT something would be coming down today, after that letter from Broadcasting President Dave Lougee.

Anyone from KUSA in Denver online? I hear you may have news for us. Leave a note, in the comments section, below. Or use this link to e-mail your reply; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.