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UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Bruno Cohen has confirmed that staff members who will be laid off are being notified today via a series of meetings with Channel 13 executives.

Bruno Cohen, president of Channel 13 and its sister station Channel 31, just confirmed that Channel 13 is laying off employees at the news station.

However, Cohen declined to confirm the number of jobs or to identify affected positions at the local CBS affiliate, instead explaining that the layoffs are "the consequence of new technology."

That technology, he went on to say in a phone interview, allows for more "automation in our production" and "nonlinear, computer-based editing."

"The software that drives that (editing) and the time it takes to produce it is much more fast and rapid and allows our editors to be more efficient," he said.

The result, he added, will be mostly "invisible" to viewers; the only on-air change will be to the two half-hour editions of "The Sports Show," which currently air at 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Those shows will be folded into Channel 13's 10 p.m. weekend newscasts, airing in 15-minute segments from 10:45-11 p.m., Cohen said.

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