WLNE-TV, Channel 6, has commonly been thought to be under greater financial pressure than in the past, since it no longer enjoys the more deep-pocketed ownership of California-based Freedom Communications. Yet it's the two market-leaders in Rhode Island, WJAR-TV (Channel 10) and WPRI-TV (Channel 12), that are said to be implementing some job cuts and buyout offers to veteran employees.
At Channel 10, four employees were let go yesterday, including the receptionist and the news director's assistant. I'll post an update if and when I hear back from GM Lisa Churchville. Some staffers attribute the cuts to the financial standing of the station's current owner, Media General.
Meanwhile, at Channel 12, two technical staffers and two sales people have been let go, and at least six employees, mostly photographers, are being offered buyouts. Asked for comment, GM Jay Howell would say only, "We don't comment on employee issues."
As with the troubled newspaper industry, TV has been hit by a softening advertising market and competition from the Internet.