TechTV deep-sixed its New York, Seattle and Silicon Valley bureaus Monday
night, laying off 19 people.
The bureaus provided reports for Tech Live, the channel's half-hour
It's the second time in six months that TechTV, owned by Paul Allen company
Vulcan Ventures Inc., has terminated staff and resources associated with Tech
Live, which premiered in April 2001 as a nine-hour news and information
The block was cut last fall, separated into three daily 60- and 90-minute
segments. A large chunk of the program's production team received their walking
papers this past spring, when the current half-hour format was instituted.
For now, Tech Live will keep floating, TechTV chief operating officer
Joseph Gillespie said in a prepared statement. The program is 'delivering on our
programming strategy of providing our viewers with more lifestyle- and
entertainment-based programming,' he added.
Tech Live operates from the network's San Francisco headquarters. A news
bureau in Washington, D.C., will remain in place.