Fox 41 general manager Bill Lamb confirmed a host of personnel changes in the station’s news department. Lamb, just back from the Greater Louisville Inc. trip to Ireland, said that the shifts in personnel are designed to make the station better, calling them more “evolutionary than revolutionary.”
To be fair, Lamb did point out that in terms of personnel, Fox 41’s news department has been the most stable in the market for the last four years.
Here is what’s up:
* Lamb confirmed that David Scott, an anchor at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, is coming to Louisville at the end of October, taking over the bulk of the anchoring duties currently handled by veteran Bill Francis.
* Francis, whom Lamb acknowledged as a “credible, knowledgeable journalist” will become a reporter. He said he wants Francis to “tell stories rather than reading copy,” adding that the general industry practice of promoting reporters to anchoring positions takes them away from what they do best. Of note, Lamb sent anchor Don Schroeder on the GLI trip to Ireland to report on the trip.
* Reporter Laura Barron, with the station just two years, was released from her contract early to pursue a position in the Raleigh-Durham market.
* Traffic reporter Mike Marshall will move physically to the Fox41 studio for his morning show reports.
* Reporter Derek Scott and the station have parted ways, with Scott’s last day coming in early October.
* A new morning reporter, Keith Keyser, will fill the former role of funnyman Jim Bulleit in the mornings, though Lamb added that he would be “less annoying.” Bulleit is now at WLKY-TV.
* The station is hiring a new sports reporter after promoting Tom Lane to the main anchor position when Gary Montgomery retired this month.
The most controversial of these changes is the move of Francis back to reporting. It’s hard to recall a Louisville anchor making a similar move, but if Francis accepts his role, the station will be better for it. Francis is a solid reporter and may be better-suited to telling stories.