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113 Positions At Two ABC Stations Eliminated

April 12, 1986

Undated (AP) _ Stations owned and operated by Capital Cities-ABC Inc. have announced the elimination of 113 jobs.

The cutbacks announced separately Friday by officials of WLS-TV in Chicago and San Francisco’s KGO-TV follow recent reports that ABC News planned job cuts and shifts that would affect nearly 10 percent of its 1,150 U.S. staffers.

A senior official of WLS-TV, one of eight stations owned and operated by Cap Cities-ABC, said ″each individual station is making decisions based on its own operations.″

WLS-TV will phase out 72 full-time positions in the news and engineering departments by the end of 1986, with half the cuts being made within two weeks, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

″By Jan. 1 of next year, we’ll be down to 318 people,″ said the official. ″We didn’t arbitrarily go after numbers. This was arrived at by reviewing every job.″

The positions affected by the cuts include videotape engineers, technicians, programming producers, graphic artists, newswriters and videotape editors, he said.

In San Francisco, KGO-TV eliminated 41 positions from its 400-person staff, but 18 of the jobs cut were already vacant, said Len Spagnoletti, the station’s vice president and general manager

The cuts were concentrated among administrative and support staffs and those terminated were given the option of remaining through April 25 or leaving immediately with two weeks pay and accrued benefits, Spagnoletti said.

ABC News recently completed a four-month management study to see whether there was room for greater efficiency. One result was that executive producers and department heads were asked to provide lists of prospective reductions.

The key element of the cutbacks was that ABC News didn’t want the management at Capital Cities, which recently acquired ABC, to do the cutting, a source told The Associated Press last month.

″ABC News wants to run its own shop,″ the source said. ″It won’t be dictated to.″

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