KNTV Slashes Eight

NBC Local Media Division station KNTV San Jose-Oakland-San Francisco, Calif., laid off eight people Friday, including four on-air and four behind-the-scenes.

The on-air talent included Noelle Walker and Danny Garza.

A KNTV spokesperson said the layoffs were due in part to a weak business economy and “an ongoing restructuring of the business” that involves more new-media offerings, as opposed to simply producing traditional television. “We’re finding ways to serve our audience in multiple ways across multiple platforms,” the spokesperson said.

KNTV’s layoffs were previously reported on

Staffers were also mourning the loss of former KNTV news director Terry McElhatton, who died of a heart attack over the weekend.

Michael Malone

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.