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Larry Conners Files Age Discrimination Suit Against KMOV

Larry Conners has made good on his threat to pursue legal action against Belo Corp. and St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV. In documents obtained by TVSpy, Conners has filed an age discrimination complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and EEOC.

In the complaint, Conners alleges the station retaliated against him after a dispute over his salary resulted in arbitration last year:

Beginning in December 2010, I have complained to KMOV management about the disparity in pay between me and my previous co-prime anchor, Vickie Newton, an African-American female; I claimed that I received less compensation than Newton because of my race and gender. Ultimately, my complaints resulted in arbitration against KMOV and Belo. Since that arbitration concluded in April 2012, I have been treated differently by KMOV.

Conners says general manager Mark Pimentel and news director Sean McLaughlin removed him from all but one of the evening newscasts, effectively demoting him from his position of primary anchor. He also alleges “other news staff with less news experience was sent out into the field to cover major breaking news stories.” Conners says he was given a two-year contract while other, younger staffers received three-year contracts.

Conners also says KMOV’s response to his claims that the IRS targeted him after a tense interview with President Obama was a result of the salary dispute: Read more

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Former KMOV Anchor Vickie Newton Says She’s Being Cyberstalked

Vickie Newton, a former anchor at KMOV in St. Louis, is speaking out about her five-year battle with a cyberstalker. Newton describes the harassment in The Village Celebration, an online magazine which she founded:

“I don’t know who is stalking me and I don’t know what the end game is,” said Newton. “Recently, some of the postings have included key words that describe rooms in my home, family members names are included and so the level of the threat is more aggressive.”

Newton has described her situation as “mind-boggling” – she hid her computer, but her computer case is missing; the stalker has described the “sterling silver picture frames in her master suite;” and the alarm at her Arkansas lake house was going off while she was in St. Louis at early hours in the morning, but no one was ever found.

Newton signed off from KMOV in July, hoping her relocation would deter her stalker, but she says it has only intensified. She said she has installed new security systems and changed her locks, as well as contacting the authorities about the harassment, but it has continued. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Anchor Vickie Newton Exiting KMOV

KMOV anchor Vickie Newton announced this weekend that she is leaving the St. Louis CBS-affiliate next month.

“I am moving home to Arkansas to spend time with my family and pursue some new endeavors,” Newton said on Friday evening’s newscast. “I’m terribly grateful to all of you and from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the kindness you’ve shown me over the years.”

Newton joined KMOV in 2002 as an anchor and reporter. She currently anchors the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Larry Conners. Video of Newton’s announcement is after the jump… Read more