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.
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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.