Paul Douglas, WCCO's weatherman for over a decade was released from the station today according to a Star Tribune article. Douglas was part of a nationwide purge throughout CBS due to low revenue and viewership, the article said.
"Douglas, who also serves as a Star Tribune columnist, joins at least five WCCO employees, including weekend anchor John Reger, who were told their services were no longer needed as the CBS corporation reacts to a sluggish economy and stiff competition from the Internet," the article said.
Douglas, 49, sent and e-mail to close friend that said, "Times are tough, many people are losing their jobs and I am not exempt from this troubling trend," according the the article.
Ken Stone said the move was "stunning and stupid" in a similar article in the Pioneer Press.
Douglas has been a broadcaster in Minnesota for over 20 years working between KARE, WCCO and parterned with the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press said that Minneapolis is not alone in the purge. "The New York-based broadcast and radio company is cutting staff at stations across the country including New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston," the article said.
Douglas's situation may not be surprising as the media market is changing rapidly. "It's happening to newspapers and it's happening in the music industry and it's happening to movies," Stone said in the Pioneer Press.