Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Budget Cut Forces OETA News To Go Weekly

The OETA News Report, a nightly feature relied upon by many in rural Oklahoma for news and information, is being reduced from nightly to once-a-week due to the agency's reduced budget.

John McCarroll, executive director, said a 9 percent cut in its budget forced OETA to make the decision, which comes on the heels of the layoffs earlier of news anchors George Tomek and Gerry Bond and weatherman Ross Dixon.

McCarroll said more layoffs are not contemplated; two reporters who left late last year were not replaced.

Dick Pryor will continue as news anchor for the Friday night, hour-long report that will begin July 15th at 7 p.m., McCarroll said. 

OETA's new late afternoon lineup will include the BBC World News America (5 p.m.), the Nightly Business Report (5:30 p.m.) and the PBS News Hour (6 p.m.).

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