No one knows whether the layoffs in local media are over with, but the economy is continuing to hit personnel hard in Lexington.
There’s no official word, but rumors persist that more cuts are coming to the Courier-Journal on July 8.
At Lexington’s ABC affiliate, three reporters are not being renewed when their contracts end. WTVQ is also eliminating two producers and two part-timers, and moving three full-time people to part-time. The WTVQ reporters are Michelle Rauch (an 11-year veteran), Tony Hensley and Cheryl Glassford.
The station is also cutting its morning show by a half-hour. The moves leave the station, according to its website, with barely a dozen on-air staff. It’s not the only Lexington outlet cutting back.
The Fox affiliate, WDKY, is cutting three employees. The Herald-Leader just announced another furlough week and WKYT, the CBS affiliate, eliminated a position.