Paramount is Laying Off Staff At Its Local CBS Stations





Earlier this year, we learned that Paramount would be laying off 25% of its staff at its cable networks. Now it has announced cuts to its local owned and operated CBS Stations.

According to an email obtained by FTVLive, CBS has announced that employees at local CBS stations related to gits Creative Services department. This comes as Paramount has been working hard to cut costs across the company as a whole.

In short, Paramount is restricting its graphics team across all of its owned CBS stations. Now the team will be smaller and more centralized.

From the looks of it more graphics work will now be done at a higher level reducing the need for local staff at local CBS station.

Here are the emails that were sent out today:

From: Amparo, Raquel
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 4:16 PM
To: @KTVT All Users
Cc: Roark, Adrienne
Subject: Please read – Structure

Team –

As you know, we’ve been on a journey to reimagine the way we work to serve our local community. We’ve undergone some transformational change on our path to modernize our workflows and systems.

In some cases, meeting that mission, means physically changing the ways we work and the structures of our teams.

Today we made some changes to our Creative Services department, specifically the graphics division.

The email below explains the direction our graphics teams will be taking across the station group and what this initiative means for us here.

I met with our creative services staff and our station leadership team today.

Your station leaders and I are available for questions and concerns you may have.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Subject: CTS Design Restructure

Hello, everyone.

I am reaching out today to share with you our reimagined structure for the graphics design function across CBS Stations. As of June 12, a newly-formed Group Design Team will begin to create and share assets for all of our stations. This team includes several of our top designers from across the group who had focused on one market and now will create assets that benefit all stations. The team members will report to Sean Walkup, our recently appointed Vice President – Group Design Director.

Sean and I are pleased to announce the eight colleagues from across our station group who have been promoted to the Group Design Team: Judy Flook and Lara Klinkhammer (group art directors), Bill Ritchotte and Robinson Fernandez (motion designers), Jo-Anne Scotto, Manny Torres and Nate Finston (Chyron specialists), and Random Luttrell (graphics systems specialist).

While CBS Stations is certainly not the first group to reimagine its design function, our approach is unique. Instead of a traditional “hub,” we have created a decentralized structure that will allow Judy, Lara, Bill, Robinson, Jo-Anne, Manny, Nate and Random to remain at the station that has been their home base. And it’s important to note that we will continue to have designers on the ground in each of our markets who will exclusively serve the day-to-day needs of their stations.

Going forward, all of the designers across our stations and on the Group Design Team will build one cohesive design ecosystem that not only benefits our stations, but also the designers themselves as a new and more collaborative work community takes shape.

That said, this new approach also means we are reducing the number of design team members at the local level. I know you all join me in being deeply grateful to our colleagues who will be leaving us. We thank them for their years of service and dedication to their craft, their stations and their communities.
In closing, we know you and your colleagues will have questions about this new structure. Please know your GMs and CSDs as well as Sean, Peter Masucci, Tina Veon and I will stay close to you in the days and weeks to come, and we look forward to continuing to support all of your needs.


SVP Brand Strategy + Development

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