And the hits just keep coming. Former 9News sports anchor Kevin Corke has been laid off from NBC’s Washington bureau where he served as the network’s Sunday White House reporter. Corke, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CU-Boulder, left 9News for ESPN, and later joined NBC. Corke’s NBC colleagues Bob Faw and Jeannie Ohm also were let go.
Fox31 weekday morning anchor Steve Kelley is the latest big-name, big-paycheck Denver news personality to be let go (see Ernie Bjorkman and Bob Kendrick). Kelley was a victim of the station’s “belt-tightening,” according to Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post, and he will not be replaced. Kelley spent nearly two decades at KOA Radio (850 AM) before joining Fox in 2005.
As expected, the Tribune Co. – owner of KWGN/Channel 2 – filed for bankruptcy. And the New York Times Co. announced it will borrow as much as $225 million – using its Manhattan flagship headquarters as collateral – to “to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits.”
Time magazine is out with its annual 10 Best of Everything lists.
Among those hiring this week are the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Colorado WINS, Effective UI, GH Phipps Construction, Pinnacol Assurance, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Starz, Union Telephone, Affiliated Computer Services (Sandy, Utah) and PR Newswire (Albuquerque, NM).
CU economists predict Colorado’s unemployment rate will rise to 6.5 percent next year – from the current 5.7 percent – as the state joins the rest of the nation in a recession.