Popular Austin anchor Fred Cantu is leaving KEYE. Cantu has been a fixture on Austin TV for two decades, most recently serving as an anchor for KEYE’s Telemundo affiliate.
Cantu, who worked at Austin’s KTBC and KVUE before moving to KEYE in 2002, has decided to leave the CBS/Telemundo affiliate in search of another anchor chair to fill. Cantu resigned his post at KEYE’s Spanish newscast because language was an apparent obstacle between him and the viewers.
“KEYE asked me to give it a shot because I was so well known in the market and would lend instant credibility to this start-up,” Cantu tells TVSpy. “But since English is my primary language, I was frustrated that I wasn’t doing as well as I did in English. The viewers were– for the most part– very supportive, but I knew they deserved better.”
Before helming the Telemundo anchor desk, Cantu served as a morning anchor for KEYE’s CBS affiliate, where viewers often referred to him simply as “Uncle Fred.” The station offered Cantu a reporter post but the veteran anchor ultimately decided that he would miss the viewer connection that comes with anchoring the news.