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Lawrence Cable News Station to Become All-Sports Network; 20+ Employees Lose Jobs

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A cable news station serving the Lawrence area will convert to an all-sports network and end local news this summer.  6News Lawrence says its parent company, Midco, has announced it will expand its Midco Sports Network into the Lawrence market.  That will mean the end of local and area sports and news and will dissolve Channel 6 and, which originates local programming.  Yuchen Lin, web/social media producer for 6 News Lawrence, says more than 20 employees will be laid off.  Channel 6 will continue to air local news, weather and sports until a final newscast August 4.  Midco, which provides cable, internet and other services in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota, acquired the Lawrence cable system in October 2016.

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