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General manager steps down at Channel 40 (KTXL)

Channel 40 (KTXL) general manager Jerry Del Core is leaving this week after almost five years at the Fox station in Sacramento.

In an email sent to co-workers on Wednesday, Del Core wrote, “A week ago my boss said she wanted to make a change in the station’s leadership.”

Del Core did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure or mention future plans, but he thanked colleagues for making “FOX 40 a great experience for me and my family.” He added that his last day at the station would be Friday.

Del Core did not return a call for comment, but a source at KTXL confirmed that he sent the email to co-workers. Jessica Bellucci, vice president at the station’s parent company Tribune Broadcasting, said officials had no comment.

In recently released household ratings for the May sweeps, KTXL’s Fox40 News ranked last against competing local newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m. weekdays and at 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The station’s weekday morning news program at 6 a.m. ranked fourth, ahead of KOVR Channel 13.

Del Core is a broadcasting industry veteran who joined KTXL as vice president and general manager in October 2010. He previously worked in Sacramento as a vice president in charge of four local stations owned by media giant Clear Channel Radio and was named Clear Channel Executive of the Year in 2003.

He was promoted to vice president of Clear Channel’s Atlanta region in 2004. He spent three years at Texas-based Border Media as vice president and market manager in Austin, and he was chief operating officer and market manager in Sacramento for Adelante Media Group before joining KTXL.

Robert D. Dávila: (916) 321-1077, @Bob_Davila