Philly News Block Redirected

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In the words of its assistant news director, Philly TV News "crashed" last week, leaving about 16 reporters, anchors and photographers looking for work. Philly TV News aired several hours a day over independent WTVE(TV) Reading, Pa. A small staff remains, and General Manager Jim Sweeney says new programming on the station, to be announced in first quarter 2001, will be multicultural entertainment, news and business-oriented local programming. Sweeney called the moves "a real grand-scale redirection."