Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Restructuring Costs KFOR 11 Workers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Restructuring Costs KFOR 11 Workers

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Restructuring brought about by a change of ownership has forced the layoff of 11 employees at KFOR-TV.

The layoffs went across the board, affecting employees in nearly every department, according to Michelle Fink, the station's director of creative services.

"On-air talent will remain the same and the product will be the same as we had last year," she said Thursday. "Viewers will not notice the difference."

The New York Times Co. of New York took over ownership of the company Tuesday. But the lay-offs had been planned by previous owner Palmer Communications Inc. of Fort Myers, Fla., Fink said.

"It was coordinated with the New York Times Co., but the lay-offs were done by Palmer," she said.

The station now has "more than 100" employees, Fink said, although she would not reveal the exact number for competitive reasons. The other local stations would "have a talent frenzy if they knew how many employees we have," she said.

In 1991, the station had 123 employees. …

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