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Fox 23 morning meteorologist let go under merger

Fox 23 morning meteorologist let go under merger

It appears more layoffs have hit the recently merged television news operations of WXXA (Fox 23) and

It appears more layoffs have hit the recently merged television news operations of WXXA (Fox 23) and WTEN (News 10).

WXXA meteorologist Jason Caterina announced in a Facebook post Friday morning that his job had been cut and Friday’s show was his last.

“I guess it’s not official until it’s made Facebook official,” he wrote on his page. “I’ve really enjoyed bringing you the weather and more every weekday morning for the past few years, but this morning I became the latest victim of the shrinking staff due to the joint services agreement between FOX and WTEN and my job has been cut. So this morning’s show was, sadly, my last.

The two stations merged last summer, when four supervisory positions were eliminated. The stations are now operating on a shared services plan through Shield Media LLC, which last summer bought FOX 23 and Young Broadcasting, which owns WTEN.

Last month, longtime television news broadcaster Ann Hughes and five other people lost their jobs at WXXA. Sports director Kristian Read and chief photographer Barry Sanders were also laid off, as well as three other off-camera staff members. In addition, WXXA moved its staff and equipment over to WTEN headquarters on Northern Boulevard in Albany.

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