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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 7:00 am

Up to now, the news of Raycom Media's CBS affiliate KOLD 13 taking over the operations of Belo Corp.'s Fox affiliate KMSB 11 and KTTU 18 has focused on the employees who will lose their jobs. Now it turns out, many if not most of those people could find themselves with new jobs afterall, working at KOLD.

From the outset, Raycom said it intended to add employees under its shared services agreement and now, according to a source, KOLD has posted notices for 15 full-time and three part-time job openings specific to the arrangement along with with two full-time and one part-time position that were vacant at KOLD.

That's 17 full-time and four part-time jobs that are already posted and, according to the source, KOLD has indicated it may have three or four more jobs to add.

In August, Belo reported it had 54 full-time employees when Inside Tucson Business compiled its annual List of TV stations. Since then, according to another source, five or six employees have left and their positions have remained unfilled. Additionally, about 18 employees in the advertising sales and scheduling departments will remain on the Belo payroll.

That leaves about 30 people at KMSB and KTTU who will lose their jobs with Belo with potentially 20 job openings at KOLD.

Debbie Bush, vice president and general manager at KOLD, refused to comment on the job postings saying it was still confidential information at this point.

Previously, Raycom Media officials said they intended to give KMSB-KTTU employees first notiifications of job openings and some say they've already been interviewed for jobs.

For the shared services agreement with KMSB-KTTU, job openings at KOLD so far are:

  • Two full-time anchor-reporters.
  • A full-time multimedia journalist.
  • A full-time video journalist.
  • A full-time sports reporter.
  • Two full-time news producers.
  • Two full-time newscast technical directors.
  • A part-time meterologist and multimedia journalist.
  • A part-time video editor.
  • A part-time news producer.
  • Two full-time master control operators.
  • Four full-time marketing producers.

In addition to those, KOLD says it is looking to fill existing openings it has for two multimedia journalists and a part-time Web producer.

Although KOLD's Bush didn't want to talk about the job openings, she did say her station still intends to meet the goals of the shared services agreement to begin producing KMSB's nightly 9 p.m. newscast and launch a new two-hour morning show by Feb. 1.

KGUN re-ups with ABC

An example of the tenuous relationship between TV networks and their affiliates these days can be seen in an announcement from KGUN 9's parent company, Journal Broadcast Group, that it has long-term renewal agreements to continue operating as ABC affiliates. In days past, such agreements were routine and, go back far enough, networks actually paid stations to be affiliates.

Nowadays, if there's any money involved it goes the other direction - from affiliate to the network. Fox, especially, has a reputation for being heavy-handed, taking the attitude that its affiliates owe their existence to being the network.

Journal wouldn't reveal the terms of its new deal with ABC but it's probably more than coincidence that KGUN recently switched its digital channel 9.3 from Cool TV music to the Live Well Network, which is owned by ABC. (It's shown on Cox channel 86 and Comcast channel 204.)

In addition to KGUN, Journal's ABC affiliation agreements cover stations in Las Vegas, Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho.

Ready TV bumps Create

Arizona Public Media this week replaced PBS' Create TV channel with one it is programming specifically for Southern Arizona and calling Ready TV.

The new channel targets men as well as women viewers with programming that includes "how to," handyman and travel shows, as well as entertainment programming such as "Austin City Limits."

Programs airing on the channel include repeats of Julia Child's series, "America's Test Kitchen," "Sarah's Weeknight Meals," "This Old House," "Rick Steves' Europe" and "The Desert Speaks."

Ready TV, which officially launched Thursday (Dec. 1), is broadcast on KUAT-TV digital channel 6.3 and is on Cox cable channel 82 and Comcast channel 201.

Addys deadline next week

Will you look at the calendar - it's already December. That means the deadlines for people in marketing and advertising to get their entries submitted for possible bragging rights as winners in this year's Addy Awards competition put on by the American Advertising Federation Tucson chapter.

The deadline is noon Wednesday (Dec. 7) but this being the advertising industry, there is a late entry deadline of noon Dec. 14. Of course, the later deadline has a higher entry fee.

Forms and details about how to enter are online at www.aaftucson.org/addys. From 9 a.m. to noon both Dec. 7 and 14, volunteers will be on hand to accept delivery of entries at Steven Meckler Photography, 121 S. Fourth Ave. Entries can be accepted at other times before the deadlines but call (520) 792-2467 to set up an appointment. They can also be submitted by mail.

The 31st annual Addy Awards will be handed out Feb. 18 at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

Contact David Hatfield at dhatfield@azbiz.com or (520) 295-4237. Inside Tucson Media appears weekly.

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