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Belo Shuts Down KMSB News Operations; Dozens of Layoffs Expected

The TV news landscape in Tucson is imploding.  Belo is reportedly shutting down news operations at Fox-affiliate KMSB and handing the reins to Raycom Media-owned KOLD, a CBS-affiliate.

40-50 KMSB staffers are expected to lose their jobs, according to the Tucson Sentinel, while others may be able transfer to another Belo-owned station or apply for a position with KOLD.

The only employees that will stay on at KMSB are those in the sales department.

KMSB informed employees of the shared services agreement Tuesday morning, according to the Sentinel, citing a lack of advertising revenue.

On weekdays, KMSB currently airs a morning newscast from 5:00-8:30 a.m. and a one-hour nightly newscast at 9 p.m.

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