Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Where do all the TV reporters go?

Ever notice how local TV reporters vanish? Even the good ones. That's because they're often forced to leave town because of non-compete clauses in their contracts. Rick Redding's On Media column in LEO this week provides a lucid discussion about the nature of these clauses and scratches the surface of how they affect local media.

"If you’re a local TV better check your contract. Non-compete clauses in employment are enforceable in Kentucky, in many industries, and are standard in the broadcast industry. That’s why it’s rare to see a reporter leave a station and start work at another in the same market...even if you’re fired from a station, the pacts can keep you from working in the market."

Read more on Redding's blog here.

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