Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stations continue to cut jobs

Apparently the bleeding hasn’t stopped. Local media groups continue to cut jobs in a weak economy.

There were behind-the-scenes layoffs this week at CBS Radio Boston stations. Positions affected were in sales, administration, promotions, production and on-air. Although no official counts or names were released, some of those who were impacted by force reduction included : WBZ’s veteran weekend news anchor Bob McMahon, Bruins broadcast host and weekend sports anchor Allan Segel, producer Scott Cooper. At WODS 103.3FM/Oldies, morning news anchor June Knight has been replaced with news updates from WBZ AM 1030 and veteran DJ Mike Finnegan exited with weekend DJ Patrick Callahan taking over Finnegan's night shift. At classic rocker WZLX 100.7FM, overnight jock Al Cole and 13-year senior account executive Neal Perlstein were let go.

Even public broadcasting hasn’t been immune from the unsettling economic downturn as big corporate sponsors are tighetening up their underwriting budgets. Staffers at WGBH 89.7FM and sister TV stations WGBH TV2/44 began receiving pink slips late yesterday afternoon. As many as 9% of the 900 member work force have or will be let go before the end of the month according to sources. The layoffs will effect various departments including programming, local and national sponsorship sales and production.

BRW Notebook :

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech " : Much to the delight of those who have long complained about the existence of talk radio, it is entirely likely that the new Congress and new administration will bring back what has been referred to as the Fairness Doctrine. Some of Boston top conservative talk radio hosts will be taking on the politicians in the weeks to come
reports the Herald.


Aaron Read said...

It is not LIKELY the fairness doctrine will return. It is merely possible, and not very at that.

Obama is on the record as opposing the Fairness Doctrine, and there is Supreme Court precedent that agreed with the FCC's voluntary removal of the FD...that precedent would work very hard against the immediate court challenge.

If anything, I suspect the brouhaha over the Fairness Doctrine has a lot more to do with the fight against Net Neutrality, as Adam Reilly opines.

Madly curious said...

Was not Finnegan the last of the original WODS air staff?