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KTAL Hires New News Director in Wake of Three-Week Vacancy

In Hirings, Layoffs, Louisiana, NBC, Shreveport on January 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

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Well, that didn’t take long.

The blog Arkansas TV News is reporting Chris Huston will be starting as KTAL’s news director next month.

The hire comes three weeks after Willy Walker was fired January 4 for undisclosed reasons.

Huston had previously been the news director at KIDK until a shared services agreement spelled management layoffs at the Pocatello-Idaho Falls CBS affiliate.

From MediaJobsDaily.com:

KIDK Channel 3 in Idaho Falls is entering into a shared services agreement with its competitor, the ABC affiliate KIFI, reports TVNewsCheck.

That means in English: 27 of KIDK’s 43 employees will be out of work.

KIDK General Manager Jim Wareham and News Director Chris Huston are both getting the axe [as well], presumably because one station doesn’t need two sheriffs, if you’ll permit the mixed metaphor.

Huston begins at KTAL on February 7, according to the blog.

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