Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fired News Anchor Sues KFSM

Source: Times Record A former television news anchor has filed a lawsuit accusing a Fort Smith television station of firing him in breach of his contract.

Tim Malone filed the suit Monday in Sebastian County Circuit Court against KFSM-TV, a division of New York Times Broadcasting Holdings.

The suit states that in September 2004 Malone was hired by KFSM as “an anchor, co-anchor and/or staff newsperson, newscaster, writer, reporter, photographer, producer and editor.”

Malone, a Crawford County resident, alleges he entered into a contract with KFSM that was to expire in December 2007, but on March 8 he was fired without cause, in violation of the contract. He claims the firing cost him $116,400 in wages.

KFSM General Manager Van Comer said Monday that it is the station’s policy not to comment on personnel matters.

Rogers attorney Kristin Pawlik is representing Malone, who is asking for lost wages, consequential damages — that is, damages sustained as a consequence of the firing — plus interest, attorney’s fees and costs.

28 Comments:

At 1:14 AM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. that's sad to hear. i need to know all of the details on this b/c wasn't he fired b/c he was arrested for driving drunk? yeah, i'm no HR expert, but that's not good for the station's rep.
what's the buzz at the station about this?

 
At 8:40 AM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, that is a no brainer. I know his attorney. This won't go anywhere. They are hoping for settlement. Sad, sad.

 
At 9:01 AM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Garrett said...

All I can say is I hope he has straightened up. He had some rough times and hopefully he can move on with his life after the lawsuit is settled. He wasn't a bad anchor, he just had some problems in his personal life that affected his work life.

 
At 3:44 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Judge Reinhold said...

So Garrett's gonna testify on his behalf, right??

 
At 4:07 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Bo said...

If you would like to report sports, I have a spot for you! We love ourselves some alcoholics who get fired from other stations.

 
At 4:41 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous william hung and his hung jury said...

MOCK TRIAL WITH J. REINHOLD! MOCK TRIAL WITH J. REINHOLD!

 
At 6:33 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Tim back in the day when he actually was close to the top. He's interviewed people that most of you have only read about.

He played some big time football also you little guys would have been fighting each other to carry his Gym-bag.

Your times a comin..HOpe you hold up as well as he did while on the cross..

Glad to call him friend.

 
At 8:24 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous lollercaust said...

Eeeew, gym bags are stinky.

 
At 9:35 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Craig said...

I got away with the drugs at 40, why can't Tim at 5?

 
At 9:38 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Charles SALser said...

WINTER STORM!!!!!!!!

 
At 9:40 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, it wasn't drugs. Second, let's get back on subject: speaking of contracts, do any veterans have suggestions on contract do/don'ts in the negotiation process?

 
At 10:34 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Mike said...

How about all of you realize that Arkansas has a law that states that employees can be fired or quit at will, regardless of what contracts were signed. And when that happens there is nothing that can be done because the contracts mean practically nothing. How do you think Aaron Peters got on KNWA so quick after being fired. After KHBS/KHOG lost their suit with Steve Gibbs, they knew they couldn't win against Aaron. And doing opposite with Tim, he can't win his suit but he can jump to another station if he wants. Now that he has been let go his contract is void and any non-competitor clause he had no longer exists.

 
At 8:49 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a talent has a contract, but is fired "for cause", then the non-compete remains in effect. Sometimes the non-compete remains in effect even if the talent is terminated "without cause" (layoff, for example.) However, there is no hard and fast rule. It all depends on how the non-compete is written. Look specifically at what is outlined in the non-compete. Is the non-compete written for the market, competing stations, competing companies, etc. Are there any outsl (market size, specific exclusions, etc.) And yes, I've written a few of these things.

 
At 10:08 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly why did Aaron Peters get fired? And what kind of suit did Steve Gibbs have that he won?

 
At 12:56 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim and Eric are flipping burgers in Mena, Arkansas. They have started their own fraternity down there. They wouldn't let Bo Mattingly or Aaron Peters join, but they did let Ashley Beck and Dana Sargent cum to their Toga Party last weekend.
Dale Nicholson, P.S., don't tell Cassie!

 
At 1:28 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly why did Aaron Peters get fired?

Uh, most employers really don't like it when you a--drive drunk, b--have an accident, c--abandon the station vehicle and go home to pretend you're "sleeping", and d--then lie about what actually happened.

 
At 10:02 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Eric Sullivan is the new Sports Director down in Tyler Tx.

 
At 10:31 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Gibbs was sued for breaking his non-compete clause when he left 40/29 for 24/51 back in 2000, I believe. Hearst Argyle ended up losing their suit.

 
At 9:29 AM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question is what attorney would even take this case?

 
At 12:10 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rogers attorney Kristin Pawlik

 
At 1:12 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which station is Eric Sullivan at in Tyler Texas?

 
At 6:18 PM, November 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can reach Eric Syullivan in Tyler Texas at esullivan@cbs19.tv
He is working there at Channel 19 in Tyler Texas.

 
At 2:22 PM, March 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is a pompous ass. When he was ND & Anchor in Michigan, he had numerous affairs his employees, drove company cars to parties he was drinking at, and on most days he took 3 hour lunches. All this while a small staff worked to cover his butt. He is responsible for the demise of that station, now he creates a PR mess for another...

 
At 11:23 PM, July 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed, I had the misfortune to cross paths with him a few times when he was working in SW Michigan where I live.... An arrogant, overbearing jerk is a pretty accurate description. His family deserves better from him. What goes around always comes around. I shouldn't enjoy another person's misery, but in this case I might make an exception.

 
At 8:44 AM, May 13, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Sullivan is lazy. He never digs up a story, all he does is download highlights, and deliver vo/sots that you can see on sportscenter. He is the most insecure person I have ever met. My girlfiend told me that he is lame in bed too. He thinks he is all that, but he is a liar and decietful.

 
At 4:55 AM, August 24, 2011, Anonymous ремонт и смета said...

For my part everyone ought to glance at it.

 
At 2:20 AM, October 15, 2011, Anonymous www.muebles-en-ciudad-real.com said...

It will not truly have success, I feel like this.

 
At 11:36 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone said "Glad to call him friend," but I noticed they posted anonymously...

 

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