Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Furloughs to Hit WKRC-TV 12

We get this from the Kiese blog, and it's more bad news in the job market...but better than the alternative...

WKRC-TV 12/Cincinnati is going to implement furloughs, by order of Newport Television, which is requiring them at all of its operations, including corporate.

In a statement, Newport Television said:

"In these difficult economic times, Newport Television has implemented a companywide 10-day unpaid furlough program for the rest of the year for all employees, including corporate staff. In the midst of the current financial challenges, we believe this to be the most advantageous and least disruptive of the available options for our employees."

We here at TSMW HQ know about furloughs. Your Tri-State Media Watcher's mother was required by her company, based downtown, to take two weeks off recently.

Of course, nobody wants to see the alternative had the furloughs not been implemented, but we can only imagine that it would have required layoffs...

Meanwhile, over at WCPO-TV 9/Cincinnati, the staff there is already taking a ten percent cut in pay, receiving five paid days off in exchange, at the order of their owners at Scripps Broadcasting, and at the Enquirer, they're in the midst of THEIR second round of furloughs...with no indication that this will be the last...

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