Hubbard's KSAX Scraps News
Central Minnesota station lays off heavily
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/27/2012 9:49:19 AM
Hubbard owns KSTP-KSTC in the Twin Cities, around 130 miles away.
It is rare for stations to get rid of news altogether. WYOU Wilkes-Barre-Scranton did so in 2009. A year later, KOHD Bend replaced newscasts with shorter news "updates", amidst heavy newsroom layoffs.
KSAX station manager Ed Smith told the AP the decision "came down to economics."
Network affiliates that don't don't local in-house news broadcasts...
WWJ Detroit/Channel 62 (CBS) recently began broadcasting First Forecast Mornings in 2009. CBS has yet to decide on its Detroit O&O getting a full-time news department, with newscasts at Noon, 6PM & 11PM... along with existing morning show.
KDNL St. Louis/Channel 30 (ABC) has its newscasts pre-recorded by Gannett-owned KSDK. Sinclair-owned station hasn't had local news since October, 2001. We don't know about Tribune-owned KPLR being a possible candidate for ABC affiliation in the near-to-mid-future.
WTWC Tallahassee/Channel 40 (NBC) hasn't had local news since 2000. Don't know if Sinclair is considering a 3rd attempt at local news anytime soon.
Eric - 6/27/2012 1:44:19 PM EDT
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