San Diego Business Journal

Bay City Television Shutting Down, to Lay Off 127

By Brad Graves Thursday, February 16, 2017
   

San Diego-based Bay City Television, which operates XETV 6, plans to lay off more than 100 people, the California Employment Development Department reported this month. A company official confirmed the business was shutting down.

The state agency said it received notice on Feb. 2 about 127 layoffs at Bay City Television. The layoffs are effective March 31.

The layoffs come with XETV losing its CW Television Network affiliation.

Midwest Television Inc. announced in mid-January that it was becoming the local CW affiliate as of May 31. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Midwest Television operates CBS 8/KFMB-TV and MeTV as well as KFMB’s AM and FM radio stations, plus an interactive business.

The business plans to continue showing CBS content on channel 8, and offer CW content on an as-yet-undetermined channel, station executives said.

With the change, news director Dean Elwood said he will be responsible for three more hours of news programming every weekday. The business will be adding to its news staff, he said.

CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS Corp. It produces original content meant to appeal to the 18 to 34 age demographic.

“We are thrilled to be adding the CW to the KFMB family,” Alberto Mier y Terán, president and general manager of the KFMB stations, said in a statement released in January. “It enhances our strong multimedia platform in San Diego and helps us to better serve all San Diegans with compelling programming and award winning local news.”

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