Cuts force Okla. PBS station to let anchors go
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Educational Television Authority officials say cuts to the state budget and a shift in direction led to a decision not to renew the contracts of three veteran news personalities and place several locally produced shows on hiatus.
OETA executive director John McCarroll says a $994,000 reduction in the 2010 fiscal budget by the Oklahoma Legislature, added to $725,000 in additional cuts this year, caused OETA to make changes.
As a result, anchors George Tomek, Gerry Bonds and Ross Dixon won't be back.
McCarroll says Dick Pryor will be the main anchor replacement, and others will help fill the role.
He says OETA has placed "Oklahoma City Metro," "Tulsa Times," "State of Creativity," "The People's Business" and "Legislative Week" on hiatus.