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Igoe May Exit Channel 2

Channel 2 consumer reporter Mike Igoe has accepted a buyout being offered companywide by the station's owner, Gannett, to employees 55 and over who have worked for it for 10 years and don't have a personal services contract.

Now, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner has two days to decide whether to accept Igoe's decision or to keep the veteran reporter on the payroll.

Igoe would celebrate his 20th anniversary at the station in February and has been active in the community. However, his longevity means he's probably one of Channel 2's higher paid reporters and consumer reporters have become an endangered species in tough economic times in broadcasting.

Do you think Igoe would be missed and Channel 2 should try to keep him? Or do you think it should let him go?

-- Alan Pergament

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