I have been working at Young Broadcasting full-time (More than 10 years)
With the fairly recent merger with Media General, the overall group equals about 70 stations. There is some strength in numbers, but the corporate management strikes me as being more reactive.
Because of the Young/Media General merger which will be followed around the first of the year by that group merging with LIN Broadcasting, the outlook is questionable. Salaries are roughly average for the market. Promotions within the station are few and far between (Exception: News PAs often get promoted to show producers, then move on after 1 or 2 years.)
Advice to Management
Come to a decision re: creating a working plan for the future, or continue doing things "on the cheap."
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Young Broadcasting (Albany, NY) in June 2011.
I was contacted for three phone interviews (with various managers at the station) and one in-person interview. The Administrative Assistant set-up the phone interview dates and times, and the news director called me two days earlier than planned. After talking with the news director and conducting the phone interview, we agreed that I would call him two days later and talk more ... I called, left a message, and he never returned my call. Other phone interviews went as scheduled, and were very productive and professional.
After my in-person interview (that I felt went very well), I was told that I would be contacted "within 48 hours" ... as of this writing it has been five months, and I have not been contacted at all. The job was re-posted at least three more times, and to my knowledge, still hasn't been filled. I attempted to contact the Administrative Assistant by e-mail and phone a number of times, only to have my e-mails go unanswered and phone calls not returned.
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