By Andy Smith
Journal Staff Writer
Channel 10, WJAR-TV, announced it will cut 12 more jobs, adding to the 12 already announced in December. Among those leaving the station will be chief meteorologist Gary Ley, weekend anchor Kelley McGee and news director Betty-Jo Cugini, who has been at the station for 22 years.
Station manager Lisa Churchville blamed "unprecedented economic challenges" during a prolonged recession.
"We very much regret having to take this step," Churchville said in a written statement. "The regional economy continues to contract. Both businesses and consumers continue to reduce spending and our advertising revenues have been adversely affected at unprecedented levels . . . parting with valued employees is all the more painful in light of the strong contributions they have made."