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‘Good Day New York’ Producers Protest Proposed Pay Cuts

good day new york logoSegment producers and writers for “Good Day New York,” the morning newscast on WNYW in New York City,  have delivered a petition to station management protesting proposed pay cuts in contract negotiations between the Fox-owned station and the Writers Guild of America, East. The group has been working without a contract since last year.

Forty-one members signed the petition, which was emailed to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson and delivered in person to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar.

The petition, obtained by TVSpy, asks that station management “return to the negotiating table and quickly come to terms on a fair contract”:

At this point the company shows no sign of coming off of a host of unreasonable positions, including big cuts to segment producer salaries, an unwillingness to increase pension contributions to secure our retirement security, meal period give backs, a reduction in night shift differential, and other concessions. Enough is enough.

Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more. At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties. Of course, the company is also saving money by keeping the contract open and avoiding pay increases. This appears to be a part of the plan, as no reasonable person would be likely to agree to the kinds of cut backs that remain on the table.

A station source tells TVSpy that the producers and writers have been offered a 6% pay increase over the next three years. The previous contract, which ran from 2008-12, was a 12% increase over four years. Read more

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Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

It is a move within Fox for Hannan, who was most recently vice president of finance for WOFL-WRBW and WOGX, the company’s owned and operated stations in Orlando and Gainsville. In his new role, which is effective August 12, Hannan will oversee finance, strategic planning and business functions for WFLD-WPWR in Chicago and WJBK in Detroit.

“Brian has worked for FOX at a number of our television stations and our corporate division. His breadth of experience, hard work and drive to win make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Betsy Swanson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and technical operations for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

More from Fox in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

Tim Redmond Named Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Fox O&Os

Fox Television has named Tim Redmond vice president of engineering and operations for its 27 owned-and-0perated stations.

Redmond, who is currently vice president of engineering at Fox Detroit O&O WJBK, will report to Betsy Swanson, the company’s executive vice president of technical operations and CFO. He will oversee the planning and execution of relevant technologies at the Fox stations.

“I’m very enthused about joining the talented engineering team at FTS, a group that has been on the forefront of advances in our industry,” Redmond said in a statement.

Redmond replaces Earl Arbuckle, who was senior vice president of engineering at the Fox stations. He passed away in August.