Suzanne Rico and Johnny Mountain leaving KCBS-KCAL TV after staff cuts on Friday

mountain22.jpg Los Angeles stations KCBS-KCAL TV, which operate together under what’s known as a duopoly, made another round of layoffs Friday.  The cuts included Suzanne Rico, (pictured below) who anchored the morning news on KCBS-TV, and Johnny Mountain (pictured right), who handled the evening weather reports.

ricocbs22.jpg It’s not clear if the on-air staff cuts are effective immediately.  Rico’s biography has been removed from the station website, however Mountain’s picture and bio remain as of Saturday.

Mountain left KABC-TV in 2004 with the assumption he was retiring; the station gave Mountain a lengthy on-air sendoff.  He reappeared on KCBS-TV in early 2005.

Other cuts Friday came from the management ranks, including Doug Dougherty, who was the news operations manager, and executive producer Jeff Soto.  The station also eliminated at least 2 technical-and-planning staffers who worked in the newsroom, and as many as 5 people from the sales department.

For more than a year the unified stations have seen a revolving door among on-and-off-air staffers; news director Nancy Bauer-Gonzales left January 14. ,  Previous to that, Jason Ball, a former executive producer at KCBS-KCAL-TV exited to become the news director at KTLA-TV, his departure followed the exit of KCBS-KCAL TV general manager Don Corsini, who is now the general manager at KTLA-TV.

Other people who are gone from KCBS-KCAL TV include, Harold Greene, Ann Martin, and Rick Chambers.  In December 2008 Greg Phillips ended his stint as the evening Inland Empire Bureau reporter.   Reporter Dave Mecham also left the duopoly to join KTLA-TV.  KCAL-TV anchor Mia Lee left in September 2009.

Steve Mauldin is the current president and general manager at KCBS-KCAL-TV.  Mauldin previously worked at KTVT-TV, a television station in Texas.  That station serves the Dallas-Ft. Worth market, which is the fifth largest broadcast territory in the country; Los Angeles is second to New York.

Southern California native Scott Diener is the current news director at KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV.

Nationwide, CBS has made deep cuts at most of its other owned-and-operated stations, including those in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.

–posted by C. Fiegener at 8:52 a.m.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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