Five editorial employees of KCRA (Channel 3), including reporter Mike Bond, were laid off today in a newsroom restructuring tied to the announcement that sister station My58TV will start a new two-hour morning news show in late March.
Elliott Troshinsky, president of KCRA and sister station My58TV, says that the station will make some new hires for a My58TV newscast, slated to air from 7 to 9 a.m., but that it was necessary to eliminate several current positions.
“This new newscast will need a different type of staff than what we currently have,” Troshinsky says. “So this will free up some positions for the new morning news.
"We had to find the spots. We’ll find ways to continue to do our (Channel 3) newscasts with the rest of the staff.”
Among those laid off were two photographers and a videotape editor. A night assignment editor was also told that his contract would not be renewed when it expires at the end of February. Bond had been working as a weekend reporter for KCRA for several years.
Additionally, Carolyn Thomas, producer of Channel 3’s 11 p.m. news, announced she soon will be leaving the station to become an executive producer of Channel 13’s morning news. Troshinsky says he will hire a replacement for Thomas.