The St. Petersburg Times’ TampaBay.com first reported on the layoffs, saying that on-air talent Mace Michaels and Claudia DeCampo were among the casualties and three positions were eliminated through buyouts. Five more posts will be removed by the end of the year. The Tribune is also undergoing substantial staff reductions.
A call to WFLA general manager Michael Pumo’s office was met with an abrupt “No, thank you,” and a hang-up from an assistant.
WFLA is a strong NBC affiliate, ranking second in Tampa-St. Petersburg in terms of revenue, according to BIA Financial Network. It had the market’s top-rated evening and 11 p.m. news in the May sweeps.