In El Paso, Stations Adjust to Post-Merger Operations

By Andrew Gauthier 

El Paso Inc.

Loyal viewers of El Paso’s oldest TV station, CBS affiliate KDBC-Channel 4, may have gotten over their confusion since its news operation merged with KTSM-Channel 9, the NBC network affiliate.

Or maybe not.

Nichole Gomez, Channel 4’s weekend weathercaster, is reporting for Channel 9.

Russ Pappas, 9’s weekend weather guy, delivers the forecast on KTSM. Minutes later, he does the same thing on Channel 4.

The newscasts come out of the same studio, inside the KTSM building on N. Oregon Street, where Channel 9’s large news set takes up much of the studio.

KDBCs more modest set–just a chair and a backdrop, really–is tucked in a corner.

And while KTSM’s news programs are broadcast live, KDBC’s are prerecorded.

The merger saved KDBC’s identity, but not many jobs. In mid-December, about half of KDBCs news employees were let go. More…