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Layoffs Hit Little Rock’s KLRT and KARK

Nearly 30 employees have been laid off from both Nexstar managed Little Rock stations, KLRT and KARK, as part of a move to consolidate the two stations, according to Arkansas Business.

The layoffs come less than a month after Mission Broadcasting completed the purchase of FOX affiliate KLRT from Newport Television. Soon after the deal went through, Nexstar, who signed an outside services agreement with Mission, removed the station’s GM and promised more changes to come.

Arkansas Business quotes a KLRT insider who said at least 20 of the layoffs came from KLRT, including news director Ed Trauschke and sports anchor David Raath.  Another source said KARK, the Little Rock NBC affiliate, saw eight employees let go including on-air talent Wendy Suares, Adam Rodriguez and Jonathan Athens.

A Nexstar spokesperson told TVSpy the company does not comment on personnel matters.

[Arkansas Online]

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On the Move, 6/15/12

Jonathan Athens joins KARK in Little Rock from KPTM in Omaha. He will be the station’s political reporter.

Dan Williamson joins WDIO in Duluth as sports director. He previously held the same position at KXMB in Bismarck, ND.

Jennifer Dowling joins WXMI in Grand Rapids as a freelance reporter. Previously, Dowling worked at rival WWMT.

Athens, Williamson and Dowling are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates.

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