The layoffs come as WXXA continues to merge news operations with WTEN, the ABC affiliate. In addition to Hughes, sports anchor Kristian Read, chief photographer Barry Sanders and three non-news employees were let go. More layoffs may be on the way as the merge continues, according to the Times Union.
“As we consolidate our resources we had to make staffing decisions,” WTEN general manager Andy Alford said.
WXXA eliminated its 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts last month. Hughes, who joined the the station in 1998, anchored the 11 p.m. alongside John Gray.