Significant Layoffs at KLRT-KARK Little Rock

Around 28 staffers are being laid off from KLRT and KARK
Little Rock, according to At least 20 from KLRT, a Fox
affiliate, and as many as eight from KARK, aligned with NBC, are reportedly
being let go.

The layoffs include on-air personalities Wendy Suares, Adam
Rodriguez and Jonathan Athens, reports Arkansas Business, as well as KLRT news
director Ed Trauschke.

Earlier this month, ChuckSpohn, general manager at KLRT-KASN, was dismissed.

Mission, which has an operating relationship with Nexstar,
acquired KLRT-KASN from Newport TV in July.

Michael Vaughn, Nexstar's Little Rock vice president and
general manager, called it a "one-wave" reduction, as opposed to the
first in a series.

All remaining employees will be consolidated into KARK
headquarters, reports the publication.

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, the L.A. Times and New York magazine.