WSAZ (WV) Cuts Staff

Gray’s NBC affiliate WSAZ Charleston (WV) is slashing staff, the Charleston Gazette reports

According to reporter Sarah K. Winn, "Three full-time and five part-time production positions have been cut, [general manager Don Ray] said. These positions are behind the scenes, including directing, audio, camera operating and graphic design work, he said. The announcement was made Friday…No on-air personalities, reporters or photographers are affected…"

With newsrooms in Charleston and Huntington, Ray said the cuts would free up cash to transition the station to digital, at a cost of around $7 million.

"From a simply economic and technical standpoint, it wasn’t a hard decision to make," said Don Ray. "From a people standpoint, it was a hard decision to make."

What’s particularly surprising is that WSAZ earns gobs of revenue; the station had 48% of the market’s revenue in 2006, according to BIA. 

TV Newsday had the link.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone is content director at B+C and Multichannel News. He joined B+C in 2005 and has covered network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television, including writing the "Local News Close-Up" market profiles. He also hosted the podcasts "Busted Pilot" and "Series Business." His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Boston Globe and New York magazine.