WJZ-TV initiates layoffs, end of 'Evening Magazine'

December 01, 1990|By Eric Siegel

An article yesterday in The Sun on layoffs at WJZ-TV said Steve Aveson of "Evening Magazine" was included in layoffs that took effect last week. In fact, Mr. Aveson was not included in the first round of layoffs and will remain with the station at least until Dec. 28.

Also, the article should have said that Mr. Aveson worked as co-host on "Evening Magazine" for the first 3 1/2 years at Channel 13.

At the time the article was written, a spokeswoman for WJZ was quoted as saying the station had not yet decided on a replacement for "Evening Magazine." The spokeswoman said yesterday that the show will be replaced by "Entertainment Tonight."

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

The Sun regrets the errors.

WJZ-TV (Channel 13) is laying off a dozen people in PTC connection with the impending demise of "Evening Magazine," its weeknight news feature show, the station confirmed yesterday.

The layoffs include Steve Aveson, who has been with the half-hour program since November 1986 as a correspondent and story producer. The show's host of nine years, Donna Hamilton, will remain under contract to the station, communications manager Phyllis Reese said.

Ms. Hamilton's new role has not been determined, said station spokeswoman Joyce Kashima.

Ms. Reese said the layoffs, which include producers and editors, are being made in two stages. The first round, which included Mr. Aveson, took effect this week; the remainder will take effect Dec. 31.

The layoffs represent about 20 percent of WJZ's news and programming departments, Ms. Reese said.

The last broadcast of "Evening Magazine," which has been a 13-year fixture on WJZ, will be Dec. 28. Group W, the communications company that coordinated production of the show, announced in September that it was canceling it because of a huge drop in the number of stations around the country carrying it, from 103 in 1980 to 13 today.

Those remaining stations, which contributed segments of broad interest to the broadcast, were given the option of using the name and mounting completely local productions or canceling the program.

"Evening Magazine" had done well in the local ratings until a year ago, when it finished second to "Jeopardy" on WMAR-TV (Channel 2) during the 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. time slot.

WJZ has not decided what will replace the program, Ms. Reese said.

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