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Re-Interviewing at KCAL

November 12, 1996

More than 100 nonunion and noncontract employees at KCAL-TV Channel 9 are expected to re-interview for their jobs this week after being given layoff notices by Young Broadcasting, which will take over ownership of the station from Walt Disney Co. later this month.

The employees, who were given notices last week, were warned that there may be possible layoffs as a result of the sale, although Young Broadcasting added that it would try to keep many staffers. KCAL-TV employs about 350 people, and Young executives have indicated that they want to cut costs at the station.

Chief Financial Officer Jim Morgan has emphasized that most of the savings will come from areas other than layoffs, such as reducing outside services. The notification by Young to the employees is required under Federal Communications Commission rules when a station is sold.

The sale is expected to close Nov. 22.

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