Morgan Murphy Mandates Furloughs or Cuts

Morgan Murphy Media is requiring all employees to either take a week of unpaid leave or receive an equivalent pay cut. Employees have until the end of the year to put in their furlough time.

“From a business standpoint, [it’s] been impacted because of the economy at all of our stations,” says WISC Madison Station Manager Tom Bier.

WISC laid off six, reports the Wisconsin State Journal, including anchor Teri Barr.

Madison-based Morgan Murphy owns five TV stations, including KXLY Spokane and WKBT LaCrosse, and a dozen radio stations in Wisconsin and Spokane.

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.