This morning, TV stations and newspapers across the Southeast announced devastating job cuts as part of parent company Media General’s cost-cutting strategy. The Richmond, Va.-based media company, which doesn’t seem to have coordinated the effort, owns more than 19 TV stations and 250 newspapers, which collectively cut 130 jobs through layoffs and closing open positions today.
At the Florida Communications Group, owned by Media General and owner of the Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV, and other local publications, 53 lost their jobs, mostly in operations.
The bloodbath continues after the jump.
In Raleigh, local NBC affiliate WNCN laid off 20 percent of its staff, or approximately 30 people, across management, sales, and on-air reporters. In addition, the Winston-Salem Journal cut 10 jobs and laid off 13 in the newsroom, production, advertising, and circulation.
The Providence NBC affiliate laid off 12, including vice president of news Betty-Jo Cugini, chief meteorologist Gary Ley, and weekend anchor Kelley McGee.
In Mobile, Ala., WKRG-TV cut 11 jobs.