Layoffs hit home at Hawaii TV stations

Diane Ako
Diane Ako

HONOLULU (KHNL)  - State employees aren't the only ones facing layoffs. Because of the shared service agreement between KHNL and KGMB, dozens of workers at both stations will be let go.

Tough economic times are changing the face of Hawaii television. As some longtime employees will be let go, along with other staffing changes that will take place over the next two months, many of the familiar faces will no longer be on our air, from anchors to reporters.

These layoffs will also impact many people behind the scenes as well; people who you have never seen before, but still have an important role in getting the news on every day. There are a large number of people that will be let go, spread out over the entire operation, from graphics to marketing to traffic. But each layoff notice is felt throughout the newsroom

"We work with such a good group of people, people put their heart and soul in to the product of the news, I'm really proud to have been able to work with some of the best people in the industry for 13 years" said Diane Ako, co-anchor of KHNL's morning news.

Who are some of the KHNL news team who will be gone at the end of October? Morning anchors Dash and Diane, along with most of the morning staff and various day and evening reporters. Almost all of KHNL's videographers, who have brought you images of newsworthy stories over the years, are being laid off.

Moving forward all three stations KHNL, KGMB and K5 will still provide viewers at home with local, national and international news. And the combined operations will not affect your favorite CBS and NBC shows. CBS shows like "CSI", "60 Minutes" and "Late Night with David Letterman" will still be broadcast on KGMB. "The Office", "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" and "Saturday Night Live" will stay on KHNL.