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PORTLAND -- Two recently-sold northwest TV stations announced layoffs Monday, according to a report in The Oregonian.

Portland s KATU-TV laid off nine employees and its Seattle sister station KOMO-TV laid off 18 people, according to the report by Steve Duin.

The stations were part of Fisher Communications, a northwest broadcast group which was sold earlier this year to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group for $373 million.

Sinclair has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism for its recent expansion and methods of operating TV stations around the country, most recently in a critical review published in the Wall Street Journal.

More: Sinclair Draws Scrutiny Over Growth Tactics (WSJ)

Background: New owners swing the ax at KATU and KOMO (The Oregonian)

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