Layoffs hit Denver’s KWGN-TV

As expected, Tribune Co.’s KWGN-TV announced layoffs after the station agreed to merge its operations with Local TV’s KDVR-TV.

KWGN, the market’s CW affiliate, laid off “a significant amount of employees”, including its news director and veteran anchorman Ernie Bjorkman.

Despite the fact both stations are under separate ownership, the stations are being run jointly, in a “local marketing agreement”- type of fashion, something that was commonplace before duopolies became legal by the FCC.

KDVR was owned by Fox until a year ago when Local TV brought it and seven other stations, while Tribune has owned KWGN since 1966 (when it was known as WGN Continental Broadcasting.)

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