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WSET Denies News Director Out After Four Months

WSET_2009_smallRoanoke ABC affiliate WSET is denying reports that news director Bob Cashen is out after only four months.

This morning, station GM Randy Smith told TVSpy, “Bob is still employed as the ND at WSET.” Last week he answered with a “Yes” when we asked if Cashen was still the ND after  hearing reports to the contrary.

Cashen came to WSET from WALA in Mobile, AL, in October. He had been news director there since 2004.

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WSET Names Bob Cashen News Director

WSET_2009_smallWSET, the Lynchburg, VA, ABC affiliate, has named Bob Cashen as news director.

“Bob is probably the most highly recommended employee that I have ever hired,” WSET general manager Randy Smith told The Roanoke Times. “Every person that I spoke with placed him at the very top of anyone that they had ever worked with. I repeatedly heard the comment, ‘If I had an opening, Bob would be the first person I would call.’ ”

Anchor and interim news director Len Stevens told TVSpy Cashen will join the station in mid-October.

Cashen has been news director at WALA in Mobile, AL, since 2004. According to his LinkedIn page, He has also worked as news director at KSLA in Shreveport, LA, assistant news director at KENS in San Antonio, TX, and news director at KWWL in Waterloo, IA.

He replaces Bill Foy who left the station in July.

WSET Changes News Directors, Moves Anchors

WSET has announced Bill Foy is leaving the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate for a job at Virginia Tech and has named anchor Len Stevens as interim news director.

“Bill is the consummate professional,” WSET general manager Randy Smith said in a statement. “He and I have worked together since 1992 and he is one of the most experienced and highly regarded news professionals in the Commonwealth, if not the industry. Bill is one of a very small group of people in whom I have blind trust. I will miss him tremendously.”

Foy had been the news director at WSET since 2007. He’s also worked at WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, WBTV in Charlotte, NC, and WSLS in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, where he met current WSET GM Randy Smith. According to The Roanoke Times, Foy left television after working at WRIC in Richmond, VA. When Smith became the WSET GM, he persuaded Foy to join him as news director. Read more