Layoffs hit WGN-TV (updated)

Also: Tom Ehlmann out at WGN-TV

Vice President and General Manager Tom Ehlmann has resigned at WGN-TV after a four-year run at the station to take a job at the same capacity at NBC-owned KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, Tex. The move comes after WGN laid off eight staffers, including his secretary.

However, his resignation and those layoffs are not directly related.

Ehlmann succeeds former GM Tom O’Brien, who was transferred to KXAS’ sister station in New York, WNBC-TV. He will report to Larry Wert, who oversees several NBC-owned television stations, including WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Marty Wilke, who is the sales director of Chicago’s CW affiliate, becomes the station’s new general manager on an interim basis.

The layoffs occurred in several departments, including programming, finance, and engineering.

Layoffs also hit sister station WGN-AM last month, when three people were let go.

Updated 6:18 p.m.