Tony Cipolla is leaving KSBY after 20 years

Tony Cipolla is leaving KSBY after 20 years.
Tony Cipolla is leaving KSBY after 20 years. The Tribune

UPDATE 3:43 p.m.: Reached by The Tribune on Tuesday afternoon, KSBY general manager Evan Pappas said, “We are very disappointed that Tony has decided to leave KSBY after 20 years. Although we understand why he is leaving, we believe his comments are misleading.”

In addressing points Cipolla made about his compensation, Pappas said: “The bottom line is Tony continues to want to be paid the salaries of both a news director and a news anchor. However, he has not served in the role of a news director since 2005. We thought that his request was unfair to both his colleagues in the newsroom and the company.”

Original story: After 20 years at KSBY as news anchor and reporter, Tony Cipolla is leaving the station.

His last day will be June 3.

“Management and I could not agree on a new contract,’’ he said.

Cipolla, 46, said he hopes to stay in the area, and is currently seeking a job either within or outside of media. Cipolla has been in broadcasting for 25 years.

“Management offered me a salary with a 40 percent pay cut, which was on top of a 25 percent pay cut I had already taken three years ago,” he said. “I really couldn’t do that to my family.’’

In addition, Cipolla said, “I had significant differences in the direction that management was taking the newsroom. I think that because of the cutbacks we’ve had recently, that has affected the type and quality of our news coverage.’’

Cipolla has received numerous awards for his writing, reporting and anchoring, according to KSBY’s website. He has received three Golden Mike awards from the Radio and Television News Association. In addition, the Associated Press has recognized him with five awards. Cipolla has also been honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Cipolla and his wife, Karen, have three children: Anthony (A.J.), 14, Chiara, 12, and Dominic, 7. They live in Pismo Beach.