Significant Layoffs at KLRT-KARK Little Rock

Around 28 let go, including news director, after Mission acquisition
Publish date:

Around 28 staffers are being laid off from KLRT and KARK
Little Rock, according to At least 20 from KLRT, a Fox
affiliate, and as many as eight from KARK, aligned with NBC, are reportedly
being let go.

The layoffs include on-air personalities Wendy Suares, Adam
Rodriguez and Jonathan Athens, reports Arkansas Business, as well as KLRT news
director Ed Trauschke.

Earlier this month, Chuck
Spohn, general manager at KLRT-KASN, was dismissed.

Mission, which has an operating relationship with Nexstar,
acquired KLRT-KASN from Newport TV in July.

Michael Vaughn, Nexstar's Little Rock vice president and
general manager, called it a "one-wave" reduction, as opposed to the
first in a series.

All remaining employees will be consolidated into KARK
headquarters, reports the publication.


Layoffs at KTLA

Tribune Broadcasting station lays off as many as seven from news division, reportedly including veteran anchor Walter Richards.