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Craig Hume Joins KSNV as News Director

Craig Hume is joining KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, as news director. Hume joins the station from Harrisburg, Pa., where he has been the news director at WHP-WLYH since 2009.

“The power of News 3 is built on a reputation for excellence in journalism and deep roots in the community. I look forward to helping expand News 3′s high-quality local news coverage in new time periods,” Hume said in a statement.

Hume replaces Bob Stoldal, who will be “spending more time on his corporate responsibilities” as executive vice president of news, according to Rick Gevers & Associates. Intermoutain West Communications, KSNV’s parent company, is expanding local news programming in both Las Vegas and at KRNV in Reno, and Stoldal will oversee the expansion.

“Craig brings with him experience in developing local news operations as well as a good knowledge of Las Vegas,” Stoldal said in a statement.

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KSNV Files First Response to Sue Manteris’s Discrimination Lawsuit

Attorneys representing KSNV, the Las Vegas station named in a discrimination lawsuit filed by former anchor Sue Manteris, asked a federal judge on Wednesday to require Manteris to settle her dispute with the station through arbitration.

KSNV’s lawyers at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. claim that Manteris signed eight contracts in her 22 years with the station — the last five of which stipulate that any employment disputes be settled through arbitration.

“Accordingly, the court should order this case to binding arbitration immediately and stay this matter pending the outcome of the case,” they wrote to U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.

In their filing, station lawyers also claim that the first internal complaint Manteris filed was after she was informed that her contract, which is worth $190,000 annually, would not be renewed when it expired on June 10. KSNV attorneys did not say why they preferred the case to be arbitrated, but arbitration proceedings and case files are closed to the public.

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Sue Manteris Breaks Silence on Lawsuit

Sue Manteris is speaking out about the discrimination lawsuit she filed against KSNV.

Manteris, who had been with the NBC Las Vegas affiliate for 22 years before her final broadcast on Thursday, claims that KSNV’s decision not to renew her contract was based on racial, age, and gender discrimination. She called the lawsuit “a fight I could not run away from.”

“Cost-cutting measures cannot target all minority workers in a department, and women over 40 only; not in this millennium, not in this country,” Manteris said. “Unfortunately, some businesses still need to learn that.”

The lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, names Valley Broadcasting Co., the owner of KSNV. It also names news director Bob Stoldal, general manager Lisa Howfield, and KSNV attorney Douglas Roman Hill.

 

Sue Manteris Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against KSNV Before Anchoring the 6 p.m. News

Longtime KSNV anchor Sue Manteris filed a discrimination lawsuit against the station on Tuesday afternoon and then anchored the 6 p.m. newscast.

Manteris, who has been with the Las Vegas NBC-affiliate since 1989, is accusing station management of racial, age, and gender discrimination in response to KSNV’s decision not to renew her current contract, which expires on June 10th.

Manteris’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, singles out news director Bob Stoldal, who joined the station in 2009. The suit claims that Stoldal “has made a disproportionate number of personnel changes each strongly indicating a race, age and or gender bias.”

Manteris, who was born in India, has been the face of KSNV for decades but her role with the station has been diminished since Stoldal took control. Manteris anchored the 11 p.m. newscast before Stoldal joined the station but he quickly replaced her with a younger, white female anchor with little experience, according to the suit. Read more