Nexstar Broadcasting has laid off staffers at its newly acquired Salt Lake City stations KTVX (ABC) and KUCW (CW).
The Salt Lake City Tribune put the number laid off at 15.
“That’s probably a good guess,” said Dan Metcalf, KTVX’s now-former film critic and executive producer of online media to the Tribune. “I was No. 5 this morning, and there were others behind me.”
The Tribune also reports the station’s accounting, research and traffic departments had been eliminated and will be handled by other Nexstar sites. A Nexstar spokesman also said they will be hiring a new station manager to replace Matt Jaquint.
“This is a reduction in force we’re making here,” Brian Jones, co-COO and executive vice president of Nexstar told the Tribune. “We’re going to operate the station at the highest level, and we will move forward.”
Metcalf let his feelings be known on his twitter page saying, “Kudos to
@ktvx (ABC 4), who laid off several people 7 days before Christmas – including me.”
The Salt Lake City stations were part of a ten station package Nexstar bought as part of the sell off by Newport television.
KTVX did not respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.