Anchor salutes laid off camera ops

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WCPO-TV anchor Kathrine Nero penned an online tribute to what she views as an important part of the news team: the camera operators.

The Cincinatti-based station laid off its camera operators this week after making the switch to using an automation system to help run newscast production.

Because you see, robots don’t make me laugh. They don’t calm me down when I get nutty about something silly,” she writes. “For the last 14 years, I’ve spent more time with my co-workers than I do with my own family … And now a huge part of that family is gone.”

Nero even took the time to recognize each member of the crew by name along with short message about each one.

Not only is Nero’s tribute just a nice thing to do, it also illustrates a point that some on-air talent forget: the production crew is who makes you look so good (and camera operators, quite literally, are on the front line of that role).

In complete fairness, there are also tons of on-air folks who are eternally grateful to the crew — and show it every day.

So to all you on-air folks out there: Take a moment to say “thanks” to your floor and control room crew today. You never know when they won’t be there any more.

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