Regarding more budget cuts in Gannett's 23-station broadcasting division, a reader told me the following about the company's flagship, in Washington, D.C.: "All of Gannett's TV stations are under tremendous pressure to cut salaries and jobs. Graphic artists are out -- master control techs are out -- those tasks are now centralized. Two-person teams of reporters and photojournalists are now replaced by cheap, young people who agree to do both jobs.
"But if you want to see how a station saves some real money, look at the biggest station in the group -- with the biggest payroll. WUSA-TV, Gannett's troubled flagship station in Washington, found a quick and easy way this month to cut another half million bucks from the payroll. Channel 9 did not renew the contract of anchor Todd McDermott. He was not replaced. The 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. newscasts now have only one anchor (all other D.C. stations have anchor teams). Three years ago Todd replaced veteran WUSA anchor Gordon Peterson; it was reported back then that Peterson was making at least a million bucks. Todd was hired at half that salary, but now he's gone, too."
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