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Gannett CEO Bob Dickey
Bob Dickey
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  • A Sinking Ship? More Like Sunk.

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    Former Employee - Anchor/Reporter in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anchor/Reporter in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The relationships. The station's motto at one time was "It's all about people." Those were the glory days. But over time and with new management regimes, the family feeling at KXTV News10 began to change, and instead of being content as the strong #2 station in the region-- not a bad thing-- management decided we were less about people and more about money and ratings. We had long-time, much-loved on-air journalists that were pushed out for green anchors and reporters who were cheaper and younger. Whenever there was a ratings drop or a bored news director, station manager or parent company executive-- the solution was to mix it up-- by changing the station's colors or graphics package, retiring the old and hiring the inexperienced, ignoring the commitment to the community and turning around and doing exactly the same thing the competition was doing. Regarding the rating system below: Career Opportunities: Awesome for anyone just out of junior college. Compensation & Benefits: I couldn't say, my salary was cut twice during my career there.

    Cons

    See above. The unfortunate thing is that the list is long. It also must be noted that I left the company of my own accord. I saw the writing on the wall and wanted to get out alive. My review is prompted by the recent decision to push out a colleague-- one of the best in the business and much-loved.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your team and worry less about the safety of your job. Stand on your principals and less on your paycheck and bonuses. Question decisions and stop being yes-people to corporate. One newly appointed station manager was hired to do a hatchet job on the station's budget, resources and personnel. She did so and angered the community and the entire company. She ended up running for the hills after only a few months. But the damage was done. She did exactly what the little bespectacled Napoleon within Gannett hired her to do. What a terrible legacy. It always has been and always will be "about people." But the sad truth of the matter is that like newspapers before it, TV news is the newest dinosaur. This next generation won't be tuning in at 5, 6 and 11. Their news and information will be-- already is-- coming from the device held in their hand.


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