In October, the Cincinnati ABC-affiliate announced that it would be laying off several camera operators as it switched to an automated system.
“One of the bigwigs in our company explained why we’re losing our co-workers and using robots instead,” writes Nero, who anchors WCPO’s morning newscast. “And admittedly it makes a lot of sense–a lot of business sense. But in my opinion, it doesn’t make people sense.”
When you wake up in the middle of the night and come to work before the newspaper is delivered, wearing slippers and no makeup, you tend to bond with the people who are there, too. They become a temporary replacement to that soundly-sleeping family you left behind.
And now a huge part of that family is gone.
Nero included personal messages for all of the camera operators, pointing out the things that she will miss most about each one. The tribute was part of a regular newsletter that Nero writes for the station.