During the past four years, commercial television stations in Omaha Nebraska have faced the budget axe. Whether it was called "economizing" or "budget cutting," the fact remains local news and production department personnel were usually the first to be laid-off. Newsroom and production staffs at WOWT, KETV, and KMTV are smaller now than in 1988, either as a result of layoffs or failure to replace a departing or retiring employee. In addition, a year-long labor dispute at WOWT has resulted in a l0 percent wage cut and a loss of one week of vacation. Wages at the other two stations either were raised at levels below the cost-of- living or frozen.
Hilt, Michael L., "Recession Hits Local Television" (1992). Communication Faculty Publications. 41.