Monday, October 17, 2005

Former Little Rock Market Anchor Canned in Atlanta

Former Little Rock anchor Ken Watts was canned recently at WXIA in Atlanta. Below is an article from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"Buzz finally reached Ken Watts, who was unceremoniously dumped last month by WXIA-TV after nearly eight years as an anchor. After his Sept. 29 noon broadcast, he said he was given the bad news. "It was very abrupt," he said. "I wasn't able to say goodbye to the audience."

Though he said he was warned a month earlier that WXIA was seeking a replacement for him, Watts kept the news to himself and worked until management dropped him. Watts said he'd like to stay in Atlanta but is willing to go elsewhere.

Watts, who also spent 16 years at WAGA-TV and is now in his mid-50s, said he wasn't sure why WXIA no longer wanted him and didn't know if it had to do with his age.

(WXIA-TV general manager Bob Walker earlier declined to comment about Watts' exit.)

Watts said his favorite story was an award-winning piece he did about how DNA testing enabled black families to learn which part of Africa their slave ancestors came from. "I got calls from all over the country," he said."

16 Comments:

At 3:49 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He got dumped because he's not a hottie with a great rack !

 
At 6:35 AM, October 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you tell what kinod of rack he has? This is a very tight shot.

 
At 10:42 AM, October 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He worked in the Little Rock Market? When and where?

 
At 9:16 PM, October 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you Ken Watts...hope to see you on again in Atlanta!

 
At 5:20 AM, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to see these nasty comments. But I do miss seeing him in the morning and wish him the best.

 
At 12:27 PM, November 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, I hate to see the comments to, but it's the rambling of idiots anyway!

I thought the guy was a good News Anchor.

Good luck Ken!

 
At 3:38 PM, January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally I found out what happened to Ken Watts. I emailed the station and they responded with horse manure. I changed to WXIA because I thought he was a great anchor. I really miss him still.

 
At 3:08 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd been "wondering and wondering" what happened to Ken. I thought he was a good anchor and personally miss him. WXIA seems to have gone to "pretty plastic people" who spend more time mugging with each other than reporting the news. Pretty lame in my book. Ken was a real newsman.

 
At 3:02 PM, December 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The morning broadcast is not the same without Ken. I don't care for Clarence Reynolds. Now, I hear that Karyn Greer is going to be on in the morning. Anyone know where Ken Watts went? He was good.

 
At 12:12 PM, February 19, 2008, Blogger james said...

he went to hdnews in the voom hd networks.

 
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At 5:20 PM, January 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember watching the early morning news with Ken and the female co-anchor. I can't remember her name. She was blond and had been there for quite a number of years. Not sure when it happened, but it was obvious she disliked him for some reason...she got to the point where she rarely acknowledged him. Wouldn't look at him and no little banter. I liked him and miss his presence.

 
At 2:43 PM, January 29, 2013, Blogger Jami Ffrench-Parker said...

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At 2:44 PM, January 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's currently working for a newspaper in the Atlanta Area called CrossRoadsNews

 
At 2:47 PM, February 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I concur with the comment about how Jill Becker would not acknowledge Ken when they were on the air. It was so very obvious and I kept thinking "He must have ticked her off!!"...you know when a woman is truly angry with you she WILL NOT look at you!

 

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