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Meteorologist Katie Horner Says Goodbye to KMOV

katie hornerMeteorologist Katie Horner has left St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV to return to her family in Kansas City, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said the station and Horner reluctantly parted ways. “Not many people knew she was commuting back to Kansas City every weekend,” Thouvenot said. “We hated to see her go, but we also understand her wanting to be with her family.”

Horner previously worked at KCTV, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City.

The Post-Dispatch reports Horner will be replaced on the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts by Meghan Danahey.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we check out St. Louis TV to see what they covered in last night’s 6:00 p.m.

One surprise? The Sinclair owned ABC affiliate has no local news.

Also, with the exception of FOX affiliate KTVI, the trend in St. Louis seemed to be a first block filled with short quick stories about local crime.

KMOV Reports Canceled After Masked Man Alarms Crew

KMOV masked manKMOV reporter Brittany Noble‘s live shot was canceled yesterday after a masked man was noticed hanging around near her stand-up location. Noble was scheduled to do a live intro to a report about recent thefts from construction sites, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Shortly before air time, Noble and cameraman Alonzo Medcalf noticed a man wearing a white mask pacing in the background and occasionally ducking behind a truck, KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said.

“The man went away, then came back (with a different mask),” Thouvenot said. “So for the safety of our crew, we decided to cancel the (live) shot.”

The crew went to the van and called Belleville police, Thouvenot said, adding that Medcalf kept the camera rolling and collected footage of the masked man.

Noble posted video of the man to Instagram. “I wanted to go live @5 today but this guy kept watching me so I called police. If you know who he is contact them.”

Lauren Trager Leaving KMOV After One Year

trager_kmovLauren Trager is leaving St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV to work in a government job, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Post-Dispatch reports Trager will be the public information officer for City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. She starts March 24.

Trager came to KMOV last year from Little Rock, AR, where she was a weekend anchor for NBC affiliate KARK.

KMOV News Director Leaving Station for Job with Scripps

mclaughlin_croppedKMOV news director Sean McLaughlin has announced he is leaving the St. Louis CBS affiliate to become the VP of news for E.W. Scripps.

“I am very excited about Sean joining the Scripps team,” Brian Lawlor, Scripps’ SVP said in a statement. “Sean has a ton of energy and represents the leadership skills that motivate people to want to work hard and to want to win.”

McLaughlin told TVSpy his last day at KMOV is March 5. He starts at Scripps March 6.

Before coming to KMOV, McLaughlin was news director at KTUL in Tulsa, OK, from 2005-2007 and KOKI also in Tulsa from 2001-2005. He has also worked at WICS in Springfield, IL, and KAAL in Austin, MN.

[The St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Meredith Acquires KMOV, KTVK and KASW From Gannett

meredith_1Meredith Corporation will buy three stations in two markets — KMOV in St. Louis and KTVK-KASW in Phoenix — from Gannett Co. for $407.5 million in cash.

News of the sale comes just a week after the Department of Justice said Gannett had to sell KMOV in order to proceed with its acquisition of Belo Corp. Gannett says the sale satisfies the obligations, and that the close of the Gannett-Belo merger is “expected promptly.”

KSAW, the CW affiliate in Phoenix, will subsequently be purchased from Meredith by SagamoreHill. Meredith, which owns KPHO in Phoenix, will provide “certain services” for the station, according to a press release.

“Meredith is a highly respected multi-media company which shares our commitment to outstanding local journalism, and we are confident that these stations will be in good hands,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

More from Gannett after the jump. Read more

Gannett Agrees to Sell KMOV As Part of Belo Merger

gannett belo logos_304x200The Department of Justice will require Gannett Co. to sell St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV in order to proceed with the pending acquisition of Belo Corp.

The DOJ says Gannett, Belo Corp. and Sander Media LLC, which will acquire six stations in markets where Gannett and Belo overlap as part of the merger, must “divest substantially all of the assets used in the operation of KMOV-TV in St. Louis, Missouri, which is currently owned by Belo.”

Without the divestiture, “Gannett would have gained a dominant position in broadcast television spot advertising in the St. Louis area, resulting in higher prices advertisers,” the DOJ said in a statement.

KSDK, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in St. Louis, will not be impacted by the sale of KMOV, Gannett says.

The Gannett-Belo merger remains subject to approval by the FCC. It is expected to close by the end of the year.

Judge Clears Ex-KMOV Anchor Larry Conners to Work in St. Louis Radio, But Not Television

conners_newA judge has ruled that former KMOV anchor Larry Conners can work in St. Louis radio but not television, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Conners was fired from the St. Louis CBS affiliate after claiming the IRS was targeting him because of a tense 2012 interview with President Obama. His KMOV contract included a non-compete clause that prevents him from working at another TV or radio station in St. Louis for a year. Conners subsequently filed an age discrimination suit against KMOV.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Circuit Judge Kristine Allen Kerr removed the word “radio” from the non-compete clause:

Kerr said she was not convinced KMOV would risk losing viewers or ratings from radio competition. However, Kerr said KMOV’s “interests in protecting its television viewer base, ratings and advertising revenue are legitimate.”

The judge also found KMOV had the right to fire Conners “for cause” and did not breach Conners’ contract. The judge also said she found no evidence KMOV fired Conners because of his age.

“It’s perfectly clear that I’m fine to do radio,” said Conners, who said previously that he talked with officials from several radio local radio stations after being fired. He said he did not discuss specific terms with radio stations because the non-compete clause dampened radio stations’ interest. Read more

Larry Conners Files Second Suit Against KMOV, Still Active on Facebook

Larry Conners, the longtime anchor who was fired from St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV, has filed a defamation suit naming the station, general manager Mark Pimentel, news director Sean McLaughlin and parent company Belo Corp.

The suit claims those named in the complaint, “falsely communicated to the public that [Conners'] professional performance was inadequate, poor, and seriously defective.” He also filed an age discrimination suit against KMOV in May.

The veteran anchor was let go in May after writing on his Facebook page he was being targeted by the IRS after a tense interview with President Obama.

You might think he would sour on social media after losing his job of 28 years over what he wrote on Facebook, but Conners has embraced it. He has a new Facebook page titled Larryconnersusa where he posts news and opinion on everything from the potential for US involvement in Syria, to “Obamacare,” to puppy love. Conners has also posted updates on his legal battle with his former station.

TVSpy asked him whether he thought his Facebook activity would hinder his future job prospects. “The hold-up at this point does not involve my views, but rather the non-compete which KMOV/Belo insist on enforcing even though I was fired for a FB posting,” said Conners who claims the non-compete clause prevented him from taking a job in July. “My action was not a reason to terminate someone with 28 years as a Prime Anchor. I didn’t commit a crime or slander someone.”

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Larry Conners: ‘I Have Been Offered a Job to Return to Broadcasting in St. Louis’

Larry Conners, the St. Louis anchor who was fired from CBS affiliate KMOV after he claimed the IRS was targeting him as a result of a tense interview with President Obama, says he has been offered a job “to return to broadcasting in St. Louis.”

Conners, who announced the news of the job offer on Facebook, says he is unable to accept the job because KMOV is enforcing a one year non-compete clause in Conners’ contract. Conners did not identify which station made the offer.

“My attorney, Merle Silverstein, is filing to stop KMOV from enforcing the non-compete so I can return to St. Louis airwaves,” Conners wrote.

Conners also said he is moving forward with a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was fired because of his age. [h/t St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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