CBS O&Os hit hard by layoffs
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As part of company wide layoffs the week of May 26, 2020, multiple CBS O&Os also had staff cuts — including key on air talent.
Though the exact extent isn’t immediately clear, it appears stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh were affected, according to various sources.
- In Los Angeles, KCBS cut primary co-anchor Jeff Michael along with Sharon Tay, who co-anchored on its sister station KCAL. Also gone is meteorologist Garth Kemp, reports The Los Angeles Times.
- Chicago’s WBBM dropped a 40 year veteran along with its morning co-anchor and meteorologist, among others.
- At KYW in Philadelphia, it wasn’t a good day for people with names starting with “C” — with reporters Chantee Lans, Crystal Cranmore, Cleve Brayn and traffic anchor Chandler Lutz all gone, reports FTVLive.
- Pittsburgh’s KDKA lost anchors Susan Koeppen and Rick Dayton, according to the Post-Gazette. Koeppen was evening co-anchor and Dayton appeared on morning newscasts.
- Mike Shuh, at 27 year veteran at WBAL in Baltimore, lost his job, reports The Baltimore Sun.
This list is likely not comprehensive and more layoffs — both on air and behind the scenes — may become public as the coming days.