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Denise Nakano Out at NBC 10, Buyouts Offered to Other Employees

One week after CBS 3 Eyewitness News shed 14 employees, another Philadelphia TV veteran is moving on:

Nakano was an Emmy and Murrow winner who had been anchoring weekends at WCAU for quite a long time.

Not sure whether this is a buyout, layoff, or expiring contract, but I was told last week that NBC 10 had begun the process of offering buyouts to employees who were interested.

A source described the situation to me as “informational meetings with those interested,” explaining that employees were asked to contact human resources if they were thinking about voluntary separation. This is similar to what MediaNews Group did with their local cluster of newspapers, though it sounds like specific details were only provided to those who asked, instead of the paperwork being sent out en masse via company email.

NBC 10 is owned by Comcast, which put a lot of money into their product over the past 6-7 years. They have a significant amount of resources at their disposal, much more than Eyewitness News, for sure. That’s a big reason why they were able to push Action News for the #1 overall spot in Philadelphia while CBS and FOX 29 typically battle for 3rd and 4th place in our market, though those stations do better in some specific time slots.

(If you’ve got any details about the NBC buyouts, you can hit me up anonymously at kevin@crossingbroad.com)

Kevin Kinkead

Kevin has been covering Philadelphia sports since 2009. He spent seven years in the CBS 3 sports department and started on the Union beat during the team's 2010 inaugural season. He went to Boyertown High School and West Virginia University and past bylines include Philly Voice, Philly Views, MLSSoccer.com, Philadelphiaunion.com, the Canadian Press, and the Philly Soccer Page. email - kevin@crossingbroad.com

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