Employees at KATC-TV3, whose parent company is owned by South Carolina-based Evening Post Publishing Co., are taking a week off without pay this quarter as part of a corporate-wide cost cutting measure.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an employee at the station tells the INDsider that everyone, including management and top executives, are included in the program. KATC is owned by Cordillera Communications, a subsidiary of privately held Evening Post.
KATC General Manager Andrew Shenkan declined to comment for this story, saying he would neither confirm nor deny the furlough program.
A March 24 Editor & Publisher story also indicates the program affects all of Evening Post’s employees. Evening Post owns 14 newspapers and 13 television stations in nine states. Because some of the company’s properties are suffering from declining advertising revenue, the move is a strategy to avoid more layoffs.
The KATC employee says the furlough program has gone over surprisingly well with the local staff because of Cordillera’s record for taking care of its employees. At a time when most companies were cutting back, Cordillera bonused a week’s pay to employees in November. “We have gotten many, many bonuses over the years,” the employee says.
KATC is doing well because the local economy is outperforming most of the rest of the country, but that’s not necessarily the case for all of Evening Post’s properties. “This is an unfortunate sign of the times,” Aiken Standard Publisher Scott Hunter told E&P. “Our newspaper remains strong and profitable, but our parent company, Evening Post Publishing, recognizes the nation’s economic conditions and is prudently avoiding future financial concerns.”
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
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Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
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The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.