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ABC News Seems Poised To Shut Down L.A. Bureau

It looks like ABC News is poised to shut down its Los Angeles bureau, the largest one it has outside Washington. As part of a 25 percent cutback in its news operations, the network stated it was looking at its leases at its national bureaus and is considering the idea of housing only skeletal staff within affiliates' offices (that would be ABC7 here).

The Los Angeles Times reports that "the mood was grim in Los Angeles ... The 40-plus staffers were told this week that only a few producers would remain and only two correspondents would be assigned to cover the West."

ABC sources told the paper the cuts would make it hard for the network to properly cover major West Coast events such as the massive wildfires that often breakout in Southern California.

(Spotted at LA Biz Observed).

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