Ex-news director, teacher named KXLY-TV co-anchor
Former Spokane news director and educator Dick Hoover has been named evening news co-anchor at KXLY-TV.
KXLY General Manager Steve Herling said Hoover will be managing editor and co-anchor beginning Jan. 21.
Hoover, 57, returns to television broadcasting after 19 years as a journalism professor at Eastern Washington University. He retired from teaching earlier this year.
Herling also announced an addition of 30 minutes to the station’s early evening news program.
Effective Jan. 21, the 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. news segment will be more feature-oriented and “light,” said Jim Frandin, the station’s news director. The basic local newscast will run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by ABC network news.
The changes follow November viewer surveys indicating KXLY finished behind KREM and KHQ in TV news ratings.
Beginning Jan. 21, the three Spokane network affiliates will be competing head-to-head for news viewers between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., considered one of the most-watched periods of the day.
Frandin said the content of the 4:30 p.m. segment, and who will anchor it, still are under study.
He said Hoover’s co-anchor and other key positions will be announced next week, but that he does not expect to replace anyone.
“There will be reassignments, but not replacements,” he said.
“We were trying to force-feed Spokane something it didn’t want,” Frandin said of the 4:30 to 5:30 newscast. “Spokane wants a 5 p.m. news block, so we’ll give it to them.”
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