Staley, Madewell, Thomas among 9 people laid off at Chattanooga's WTVC-TV 9

WTVC News Channel 9 in Chattanooga is shown in this 2012 staff file photo.

Veteran television sports reporters Dave Staley and John Madewell, along with weather reporter Erin Thomas, were among nine people reportedly let go this week at WTVC-TV 9 as part of a nationwide workforce reduction of Sinclair Broadcast Group employees, according to multiple sources.

Eleven positions were eliminated including the nine staff members who lost their jobs and two open positions.

The company announced on Wednesday it was reducing its workforce across the country by 5%. It is unclear if that number represented a similar reduction in each market or overall nationwide.

"From local businesses and advertisers to distributors and partners, no component of our business's ecosystem has been fully shielded from the impact of the global pandemic," Sinclair said in a statement released by 5W Associate Vice President Michael Padavoano. "In response to this, we are currently undergoing enterprise-wide reductions across our workforce, including corporate headquarters, to ensure we are well-positioned for future success."

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