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Meterologist Jason Caterina Out at WXXA

Jason Caterina was laid off this morning at WXXA-WTEN in Albany, making him the latest victim of job cuts that resulted from the stations merging last year.

Caterina posted the news on his Facebook page, according to the Albany Times Union:

I guess it’s not official until it’s made Facebook official. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you the weather and more every weekday morning for the past few years, but this morning I became the latest victim of the shrinking staff due to the joint services agreement between FOX and WTEN and my job has been cut. So this morning’s show was, sadly, my last.

Anchor Ann Hughes and sports anchor Kristian Read were among the layoffs last month.

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Anchor Ann Hughes, Sports Anchor Kristian Read Victims of WXXA Layoffs

Six employees, including primary anchor Ann Hughes (pictured), were laid off at Albany Fox affiliate WXXA this week, the Albany Times Union reports.

The layoffs come as WXXA continues to merge news operations with WTEN, the ABC affiliate. In addition to Hughes, sports anchor Kristian Read, chief photographer Barry Sanders and three non-news employees were let go. More layoffs may be on the way as the merge continues, according to the Times Union.

“As we consolidate our resources we had to make staffing decisions,” WTEN general manager Andy Alford said.

WXXA eliminated its 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts last month. Hughes, who joined the the station in 1998, anchored the 11 p.m. alongside John Gray.

WXXA Eliminates 5 p.m., 11 p.m. Newscasts

Albany Fox affiliate WXXA has cut its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. The station made the announcement on Facebook Thursday afternoon:

FOX23 NEWS at 5PM and 11PM have been discontinued to focus resources and efforts toward FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning. For all of your news and weather coverage at 5PM and 11PM please go to NEWS10 ABC. You can continue to watch FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning from 7am-9am.

WXXA is operated by WTEN, Albany’s ABC affiliate, through a shared services agreement. John Gray anchors the 5 p.m. newscast solo, and the 11 p.m. newscast with Ann Hughes.