Waco Fox Affiliate Trims Newscast To Six Minutes

Has the Twitvolution started? In order to cut costs, KWKT-TV has replaced its 30-minute weeknight newscast with a six-minute show and 30-second “news blasts” interspersed throughout the day.

Five employees of the station, all reporters or assignment editors, were laid off as a result of the change.

“We thought we were being called into a conference call with corporate, then we saw five envelopes on the desk,” laid-off reporter Laura Neal, 24, told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

KWKT General Manager Ron Crowder explained that the show’s ratings were good, but that KWKT’s corporate parent was putting pressure on the channel to cut costs.

“To us, we were doing better than we had expected,” Crowder said. “The company that owns us (Lafayette, La.-based White Knight Broadcasting, Inc.) lost $8 million in auto advertising due to the economy, however.”