KMSB Tucson Signs Off On Air

KMSB anchor Lou Raguse took to the air yesterday to inform Tucson viewers that the station is scrapping its news department, as well as sports, production, interactive and engineering, as it enters a shared services agreement with KOLD.

Raguse told viewers he had “some news about us,” then spoke of the arrangement between KMSB parent Belo and KOLD owner Raycom, which kicks in Feb. 1.

“As you can imagine, it’s a pretty sad day around here,” said Raguse.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.