This is the last week that San Diego's XETV will do news and then they are pulling the plug.
FTVLive was the FIRST to tell you that the station was shutting down their news operation.
This is the final week of newscasts for station, the last newscast is scheduled for its 10 p.m. show on Friday, March 31.
Airing during Friday morning’s news show will be an on-air champagne toast on the back lot and interviews with former anchors and current city leaders, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer, according to Chuck Dunning, Channel 6 vice president and general manager.
“The shows will be as upbeat as possible,” said Dunning. You know, as upbeat as you can be, before you lose your job.
“The farewells will certainly be bittersweet. Several packages will air on Friday showcasing the history of the station.”
As FTVLive FIRST reported, the station already has ended its newscasts at 4 p.m. weekdays and morning weekend shows.
“Fortunately, many of our staff have found other jobs, so we couldn’t continue with the weekday afternoon and weekend shows,” Dunning said. “We had some very talented producers and directors who have moved on.”
Instead of newscasts, Dunning said court shows, situation comedies and other shows will air on Channel 6 through May 31. A few sales executives will continue to serve advertisers through May 31. And, Dunning, who has been semi-retired since fall, said he will remain on the job throughout the summer to assist with closing the building and selling the remaining broadcast equipment.