It's no secret, these are tough times. If you happen to be a person who has not felt the impact of these difficult economic times I'm sincerely happy for you, but at the same time, I have to admit that I'm also a little bit jealous.
People tend to think of KARE-11 as a public entity, but the truth is, we are a privately held company, owned by a much larger corporation, that would like to see us turn a profit. Our Parent company is Gannett, Inc., who you may recognize as the publishers of "America's Newspaper", 'USA Today'. Gannett also owns a large number of other regional papers and TV stations as well, and in case you hadn't heard, newspapers are hurting these days, with TV only doing slightly better. As a result, Gannett is being forced to make some tough decisions and unfortunately, we at KARE-11 are not immune.
Like many businesses, KARE has been forced to downsize, it's a process that goes on even as we speak, and it's tough. Going on 46, I've seen tough times before, but I've never experienced something like this before in a work environment, and especially not at KARE.
I was lucky enough to get an internship at KARE-11 back in 1986, and have spent 18 of the last 22-years associated with KARE in some capacity. In all that time I have seen this station rise to become the #1 news entity in the Twin Cities TV market, and that could only happen through the combined effort of MANY people. It was a shared experience, and an effort that goes on each and every day, but these days it comes at a time when we're all really hurting.
When you tune-in or log-on, just know we'll do our part to keep you informed and hopefully, a little bit entertained, but there's no doubt that the job is now more difficult. We've lost some great people, who were also really talented at their jobs. The toll has been tough in both a personal and professional sense, for management and rank-and-file employees alike.
The purpose of this blog is to let you know that like you, we're hurting, and like you, were gonna do our best to get through this in the best manner possible. When I get home to celebrate Thanksgiving today I will give thanks for more than just my immediate family. I will also give thanks for you the viewer, my co-workers, both past and present, and for the fact that I still have a job. A job I love and one I will do to the best of my ability for all involved.
Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless, and thanks for reading.
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