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KTVX pulls anchor Carlisle off the air

Published: Friday, Oct. 3 2008 12:15 a.m. MDT

Longtime news anchor Randall Carlisle has been pulled off the air at Salt Lake City broadcast station KTVX Channel 4.

"Randall's been a great asset to KTVX for many years, and we appreciate his professionalism and integrity over those years and wish him luck in his future endeavors," said Matt Jaquint, general manager for KTVX and CB 30.

Carlisle has worked at the ABC affiliate as a reporter and anchor for 17 years. His last day at the station was Tuesday.

"It's just something that happened," Carlisle said Thursday evening. "It's happened to a ton of my friends around the country. I totally understand the decision. I have no rancor or anything like that."

The station has undergone plenty of changes in the past year. In the spring, Clear Channel sold the station to Newport Television LLC of Kansas City, Mo. In mid-June, KTVX and CB 30 laid off almost 15 percent of their workforce.

In mid-August, the station's management changed the program lineup, cutting out one local news program in the evening. Formerly, viewers could watch local news on ABC 4 at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Carlisle, Barb Smith and Ross Becker anchored the evening programs, with Carlisle anchoring the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. programs and Smith or Becker co-anchoring.

Now the 4 p.m. show has been replaced by "Ellen," and local news is at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Smith and Becker as anchors.

Carlisle's contract ends in December. Carlisle said he was not given a specific reason why KTVX was not renewing his contract. Stations vary on whether, when not renewing contracts, to pull the talent off the air immediately or wait until the talent's contract ends.

"It's up to them," Carlisle said. "It is what it is."

While Carlisle is no longer on air, "he's technically employed by us until the end of the year," Jaquint said, and cannot find another broadcasting job until then.

However, Carlisle doesn't know what his next career move is. "I'm taking life easy right now and playing a lot of golf," he said. "I haven't even thought about it, to tell you the truth."

Carlisle would like to remain in Salt Lake City because he has plenty of friends in town and he considers it home, he said.

Carlisle began in broadcasting at age 14 at a radio station in Wooster, Ohio. He worked in radio while at Ohio State University and in Detroit after college.

He began working in television in Colorado Springs, Colo. He worked in Dayton, Ohio, and first arrived in Utah to work at KUTV Channel 2. He left Utah for jobs in Minneapolis and Dallas before returning to Utah for a job at Channel 4.

"I was the main anchor at most places," he said. "But I also did a lot of reporting, even at Channel 4 I did a lot of reporting. I think the last assignment they sent me on was the Oklahoma City bombing. So yeah, I've been around."


E-mail: lhancock@desnews.com

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