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Little Rock Sports Anchor Sues Gannett for Discrimination

edwards kthvMark C. Nelson, known on-air as Mark Edwards, is suing Gannett Co. and Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV for discrimination.

According to the lawsuit posted on Courthouse News Service, Gannett, “has a corporate custom, policy, pattern, practice and procedure of not promoting African-Americans to director and leadership positions and utilizing a ‘one-and-done policy’ that disparately impacts African-American employed within the company.”

Edwards says Gannett manipulated focus groups and used “other means and methods” to “achieve its discriminatory goals and objectives.”

Edwards’ bio has been removed from the KTHV website.

The sports anchor said he started at KTHV in 2003 editing and doing production as the “number three” sports guy. When he had the opportunity to leave for an on-air job in Cleveland, Edwards said GM Larry Audas asked him to stay and promised him a promotion and that he would be on a “fast track” to the sports director position.

The complaint continues: “After remaining in employment for several years with the defendant, in approximately May 2012, Wes Moore, a white sports anchor and director, left Channel 11. Plaintiff was in an optimum position to take over as the anchor and sports director with the attendant advertising, marketing, promotion and raise-in-pay that accompanies such advancement within the company. However, rather than offer this opportunity to plaintiff, instead, Channel 11 hired a white male with less sports broadcasting experience from another station in July-August of 2012. For reasons never explained to plaintiff, defendant did not provide plaintiff with an offer to be promoted, marketed or further advanced with the defendant as sports director, or anchor as was promised and represented by him.” Read more

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Julie Luck Joins WFMY as Evening Anchor

WFMY has announced Julie Luck will join Frank Mickens as co-anchor for the Gannett-owned Greensboro, NC, CBS affiliate’s evening news.

“Julie Luck is beloved here, a wonderful person, a hugely popular personality and focused journalist,” said WFMY president and general manager Larry Audas. “WFMY News 2 went from very good to great when she walked in the door.”

Luck will replace Tanya Rivera who will launch “2 Wants to Know,” a daily show airing at 5:30 p.m. the station says “will solve viewer problems, get answers and genuinely help people in these tough times.”

Luck’s first day of anchoring the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news will be Thursday, April 25. Read more

WFMY Revamps Morning Show, Promising to ‘Break the Cookie-Cutter Morning News Formula’

Greensboro CBS-affiliate WFMY is revamping its morning show.

WFMY promises to “break the cookie-cutter morning news formula” with its new iteration of the “Good Morning Show,” which is getting a new team, along with a new format, this spring.

“The ‘Good Morning Show’ has great history in this market, and now a fresh future,” WFMY president and general manager Larry Audas said, announcing the revamp.

The new show will be hosted by meteorologist Eric Chilton and Jackie Fernandez, who recently joined WFMY after working as a feature reporter for ABC’s “World News Now.” Read more

WFMY: ‘We’re Tired of the Cookie-Cutter, Formulaic, This Is How It’s Always Been Done Television News’

WFMY, the CBS-affiliate in Greensboro, is set to launch a revamped “News 2.0″ in high-definition this weekend.

The station is running promos featuring a focus group (watch above) for the updated newscasts, which will debut at on the evening news this Sunday. “We feel what you’re feeling, and that’s why we’re going to make a difference,” anchor Frank Mickens says, noting the station is through with “cookie-cutter” newscasts. “It’s done. Over with. Say bye.” Read more

Former Anchor Named President-GM of WFMY

Larry Audas has been named president and general manager of WFMY in Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC.  Audas comes to the Gannett-owned CBS-affiliate from Little Rock’s KTHV, also owned by Gannett, where he has served as president and GM since 2002.

“Larry is a natural leader who has brought KTHV in Little Rock to a new level of community service and commercial success,” said David Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, in announcing the move.

Unlike many station bosses, Audas rose through the ranks of the newsroom instead of the sales department.

He worked as an anchor-reporter for Oklahoma City’s KFOR and Houston’s KPRC, before becoming the primary anchor at KTHV. After working as news director at WLTX in Columbia, SC, Audus returned to KTHV, becoming president and GM.

Video of Audas anchoring KPRC’s evening newscast, after the jump… Read more