Cuts at WJAR

Maureen Carney
Tue Mar 31 20:27:16 EDT 2009

They've already grouped their properties by region, and Providence has been put in with Columbus, Ohio. That tells you how they see things. If MG dumps WJAR, who would buy them? It took NBC long enough to find a buyer last time. Are we looking at a time where signals could go dark (not necessarily this one)?

BTW WNBC let Len Berman go.

From: Sean Smyth <>
To: Boston Radio Group <>; Maureen Carney <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:15:34 PM
Subject: Re: Cuts at WJAR

On Tue, 3/31/09, Maureen Carney <> wrote:
> Meterologist Gary Ley (who was with the station 24 years),
> weekend anchor Kelley McGee and news director Betty-Jo
> Cugini among the cuts. Media General is talking cuts in
> other stations (Raliegh, Tampa.) Not a good time in the
> industry.

I never thought I'd see a time where TV and radio were in as bad shape as the newspaper industry. 

Media General is looking to cluster properties (newspapers, TV) in geographic markets as much as possible, see Tampa, so I would not be surprised if they dumped WJAR at some point soon (if they can find a buyer).


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