KATV Sues Soul of the South After Reporter Katherine Yancy Makes Move

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 12:00 am  

Katherina Yancy

Little Rock’s ABC affiliate is suing another TV station in town for allegedly swiping some reporting talent.

According to a suit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Soul of the South Television, earlier this month hired Katherina Yancy — legally Katherina-Marie Lozano Craft — to its reporting staff.

The problem?

Yancy had signed a contract with KATV, Channel 7, that was supposed to last through January 2015.

Yancy’s departure for Soul of the South came about a month after KATV also lost another on-air personality, Christina Munoz, who took over the communications efforts at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

KATV tried to contact Yancy after she left her job April 1 and then met with Soul of the South executives when she couldn’t be reached.

You might recall that Soul of the South is a fledgling network helmed by former Equity Broadcasting Co. CEO Larry Morton.

According to the suit, Soul of the South News Director Tom Jacobs told KATV General Manager Mark Rose that Yancy’s return to KATV “wasn’t going to happen” and that he had his “marching orders.”

Following this, Kutak Rock LLP filed the suit on KATV’s behalf, demanding damages for what it believes to be wrongful conduct by Soul of the South.

Rose told Whispers that KATV has not yet hired a reporter to replace Yancy and had no further comment on the suit.

Soul of the South had not responded to the suit, and Jacobs could not be reached by press time.



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