Layoffs and a Retirement at KCBS/KCAL

By Andrew Gauthier 


CBS’ Los Angeles KCBS/KCAL duopoly has handed out pink slips to several staffers — including morning co-anchor Suzanne Rico.

Simultaneously, KCBS weathercaster Johnny Mountain has announced that he will re-retire from TV (having already announced his retirement once, at KABC). And the duopoly has signed longtime sports anchor Jim Hill (now in his 34th year as an L.A. sportscaster) to a new multi-year contract extension.

Moves are among the first made by new KCBS/KCAL prexy/GM Steve Mauldin, as well as recently hired news director Scott Diener. More…