Dan Pope lands in Oregon, layoffs at KTVX

SALT LAKE CITY –– Dan Pope, former meteorologist at Fox 13, KSL and ABC 4, has landed a new role as chief meteorologist at ABC affiliate KDRV in Medford, Ore.

Pope joined the station in October, after freelancing since March for Fox 13. He’s also no stranger to the Medford market, serving as chief meteorologist at KOBI from 1985-1987.

Staff members at ABC 4 and CW 30 were laid off, including reporter and executive producer of online media Dan Metcalf.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, significant cuts were made to the staff of the two television stations.

Longtime political reporter and host Chris Vanocur made a change to his Twitter handle, and his picture and bio were removed from ABC 4’s website.

“This is a reduction in force we’re making here,” Brian Jones, co-COO and executive vice president of Nexstar told the Tribune. “We’re going to operate the station at the highest level, and we will move forward.”

Metcalf Tweeted, “Kudos to @ktvx (ABC 4), who laid off several people 7 days before Christmas – including me.”

Vanocur also expressed his feelings on his Twitter page, saying “Chris would like to thank everyone for the unexpected outpouring of love and support. It means more than you will ever know.”

Over at KSL 5, morning anchor Tanya Papanikolas has left the station, and weekend anchor Lori Prichard has moved into the role.

Changes have also come to the radio dial, as KOSY-FM (Today’s 106.5) switches from their usual adult-contemporary format to classic rock. The station was playing Christmas music through the holiday season.

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