Layoffs Rock Honolulu Stations After Shared Services Agreement

By Andrew Gauthier 

Honolulu Star Bulletin

KHNL-TV reporter Leland Kim was the first of the KHNL/KFVE-TV and KGMB-TV employees being laid off to make the news public, announcing via Twitter and Facebook he was “officially laid off.”

He sought job leads and referred to his master’s degree and 10-year health care career.

Kim did not volunteer names, but multiple industry sources have said high-profile anchors Howard Dashefsky, Diane Ako and weather anchor Sharie Shima have received 60-day termination notices.

Ako, who has been with KHNL’s news department since its inception, began co-anchoring the morning show with Dashefsky in mid-April. Dashefsky has served as an anchor at each network affiliate in Honolulu.

KHNL 5 p.m. weekday anchor Kristine Uyeno and reporter Zahid Arab also are among those who will lose their jobs, as will operations manager Randy Ennis. More…