In Toledo, WTOL-WUPW Merger Moving Forward

By Merrill Knox 

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The shared services agreement between Toledo CBS-affiliate WTOL and Fox-affiliate WUPW is expected to become official today, according to the Toledo Blade. Under the terms of the agreement, WTOL will handle WUPW’s news programming.

Beginning Monday, the combined six evening newscasts will be a mix of on-air talent from both stations. Management and sales personnel from WUPW have moved into the WTOL building, but the two teams will remain separate, the Blade reports.

Several WUPW staffers were expected to be laid off as a result of the merger. Four WUPW staffers have been hired by rival WTVG, the ABC-affiliate. Anchor Shaun Hegarty will be an investigative reporter and reporter Heather Miller will become an assignment manager. Producer Brian Krupp and part-time reporter Kristi Leigh will serve in the same roles at WTVG.

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