PALM SPRINGS STATIONS CONSOLIDATE (DOWNSIZE) NEWSROOM

Back in 2012, KESQ and KPSP, both in Palm Springs CA, began working under one roof, producing different newscasts with different staff.

That’s over.

Starting this week, KESQ is producing a simulcast of news for the two stations.

The suits would like you to believe the operation is an expansion – as if you aren’t supposed to notice that KPSP staffers are being pink-slipped.

“We will unite all our resources into strengthening the News Channel 3 brand and making it an even more dominant ‘Desert’s News Leader’ on all platforms,” said Jerry Upham, GCB General Manager, evidently with a straight face.

While an additional half hour of news, daily, will show up on KPSP, several of its personnel are being given additional duties while others are discharged.

For instance:
CBS Local 2 evening news anchor Brooke Beare will join the News Channel 3 Investigative Team (I-Team), while continuing to anchor the 6:30pm News, which will now be branded as a News Channel 3 newscast that airs exclusively on CBS Local 2.

In addition, a KPSP morning anchor is being moved to weekends, as is a meteorologist.

More News from Wednesday, December 5, 2018