J. Spencer Kinard has resigned as vice president of news/public affairs for KSL-TV.

Kinard, who's held the position since 1972 as well as serving as the longtime narrator of "Music and the Spoken Word," tendered his resignation Wednesday, according to William R. Murdoch, KSL's executive vice president and general manager.In the letter, Kinard wrote, "After careful consideration over the past few days, and after discussion with my wife and family, I have decided to resign . . .

"I am convinced that the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible (for me) to be effective in that position."

Kinard has been the subject of rumors about his relationship with KSL anchorwoman Jennifer Howe. Allegations within the Channel 5 newsroom that Kinard advanced Howe's career at the expense of other KSL employees led to widespread dissatisfaction among the staff for the past few months.

Both Kinard and Howe deny those allegations.

Howe is still on the KSL payroll, but she has not been on the air since Oct. 18. She is visiting her parents in Dallas.

After a weeklong series of meetings, Kinard was placed on a medical leave from the station on Oct. 19. He reportedly was suffering from overwork and stress.

Kinard is also on leave from his position as narrator for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly CBS broadcast "Music and the Spoken Word." No decision has been made about his future with the program.

Lee Roderick will continue as KSL acting director of news/public affairs, assisted by anchorman Bruce Lindsay, who's been named acting managing editor.