TV station lays off half of staff

December 12, 2009 6:17:36 AM PST
About half of the staff at El Paso's CBS-affiliated television station has been laid off. Margaret Carrillo, the station's accounting and personnel supervisor, said Friday that about half of KDBC 4 News' nearly 50 employees were let go as part of a new joint sales agreement with the local NBC affiliate, KTSM.

Carrillo said about two-thirds of the layoffs were of editorial staff. The remaining employees were offered "the same or very similar" jobs.

The two stations announced the agreement, which includes sharing some administrative duties, in October.