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Louisiana Anchor Issues Statement About Recent Departure

Huebner cropped KLFYChuck Huebner, the Lafayette, LA, anchor who recently left CBS affiliate KLFY has issued a statement about his departure.

Huebner told theadvertiser speculation was correct about what TheIND.com called “long running tensions” between himself and both staff and management.

I will say my departure is something that has been coming for a long time. The issues were indeed cumulative.

Huebner went on to thank local viewers saying, “I’m honored for having had the opportunity to work for you and for you allowing me into your homes each night for the last 30 years. I wish you all the best of luck and hope you will do the same for me.” You can read the statement after the jump. Read more

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Chuck Huebner Out at KLFY

Huebner cropped KLFYKLFY anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner is no longer with the Lafayette, LA, CBS affiliate.

The station’s GM Kenny Lawrence confirmed Huebner no longer worked at KLFY, but wouldn’t say why he left.

Lafayette’s The IND Monthly reports Huebner was fired on Monday.

One source tells The IND Huebner’s departure was “a cumulative thing,” citing long-running tensions between the veteran newsman and management as well as between Huebner and fellow news staffers. Read more

Kenny Lawrence Named GM of KLFY

klfy_304Kenny Lawrence has been named general manager of KLFY, Young Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Lafayette, La.

Since 2008, Lawrence has held several executive-level television roles in Atlanta, including as director of programming and creative services for CBS affiliate WGCL. He was previously the director of marketing and creative services for the CBS Television Stations in Boston.

“Kenny brings to Lafayette his broad knowledge of broadcasting, digital, sales, news, creative and marketing,” Young Broadcasting CEO Deborah McDermott said in a statement. “His track record of developing successful projects, building relationships in local markets and demonstrating a strong understanding of and dedication to the business will prove to be invaluable assets. I am delighted to have him as a part of our team.”

Lawrence replaces Mike Barras, who is retiring at the end of this year after more than 50 years at KLFY. Read the release after the jump. Read more

Louisiana GM Who Started as Cameraman in 1961 Retiring

KLFY_vertical_colorMike Barras, vice president and general manager of KLFY in Lafayette, LA, has announced his retirement at the end of the year.

Barras started working at the CBS affiliate in 1961 as a cameraman. He joined the sales team after moving up through the production department. When Young Broadcasting bought KLFY in 1998, Barras was named general sales manager. Three years later, he was named GM of the station.

“In his more than half a century at KLFY, Mike Barras has become a legendary figure not just at Lafayette’s CBS station and within the community, but throughout the industry,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “I want to thank Mike for his many decades of service and for his steady hand during an historic era for television.”

The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters named KLFY “Television Station of the Year” for six of the last seven years under Barras’ leadership.

[TVNewsCheck]

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

KLRT Names Hubert Tate 9 p.m. Weekend Anchor

Hubert Tate has been named weekend anchor at KLRT, the Fox affiliate in Little Rock.

Tate, who has been anchoring the 9 p.m. weekend broadcast at KLRT since late July, joined KLRT from WALA in Mobile, where he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Prior to WALA, Tate also worked at KLFY in Lafayette, LA. He began his career as a video editor at WJTV in Jackson, MS, which is his hometown.

Tate replaces Justin Earley, who left KLRT in June to join KYTX in Tyler, TX, as an anchor. Tate co-anchors the 9 p.m. weekend broadcast with Kelly Dudzik.