April 10th, 2015
Kris Ketz

There are some major changes on the horizon at Kansas City’s top-rated TV station KMBC, sources have confirmed to Bottom Line Communications.

An internal memo from News Director Sherrie Brown  notes that popular morning anchor Kris Ketz (pictured) and 32-year veteran at the station,  will move into the main evening anchor spot, replacing Len Jennings.  In a somewhat surprising move, Jennings will now become the station’s sports director, replacing Johnny Kane, who left the Hearst-owned station at the end of 2014 for Fox Sports Detroit.

Matt Flener will replace Ketz in the morning spot at the top-rated station.

Here is Brown’s note to staffers announcing the changes:

With all the excitement built over the past several months in sports we’ve decided to look internally for the person who can continue to build on our momentum covering the Royals.  I am pleased to announce that Len Jennings is moving to sports.

We’ve also decided to move a familiar face to evening news so we continue to bat a thousand.  Kris Ketz will move to evenings to anchor the 6, 9 and 10 pm.

Which then leads to morning news and we are happy to announce that Matt Flener will move into the Kris Ketz position.

The start date will be announced at another time.

We will now begin looking for a third anchor for weekday morning news along with our continued search for a weekend morning anchor.

Stay tuned.








21 Responses

  1. mike t. says:

    Well, it’s about time Kris gets that chair. Long, long overdue. Larry Moore, God love him, stayed on a bit too long I think, but when he did leave, not promoting Ketz was a huge mistake in my opinion.

    congratulations, Kris! much deserved!

  2. Don Swartz says:

    Don’t understand why Johnny Kane is gone. Liked Len Jennings as anchor, but also like Kris Ketz. Really don’t understand how Lara Moritz continues in anchor position. Get real tired of her looks at the other anchors and the number of words and names that she mis pronounces. 25 plus year viewers of Channel 9 and don’t like the way things are going.

  3. Cassie A says:

    I think both Ketz and Moritz are too much in love with themselves to be good together. I’ve seen a few of their afternoon news cut-ins and they’re prone to bloviate way too much. I wish Len Jennings could have moved to the 6pm KSHB spot and that station would have a perfect team!

  4. Matt says:

    Mike Marza got that job and KSHB also has Justin on staff. Len Jennings can work 5pm with Ackerman other future Newscast like maybe 4pm or Noon on KCWE. Ellen Mcnamara start tomorrow as Brad’s new Co-Anchor.

  5. P.routh says:

    you had a real keeper with Lynn Jennings, very poor move ,to take him off anchor chair, was really happy not having to watch kris Katz any more, and now he s back…. I’m going to another channel.. P. Routh. Shawnee K’s

  6. Chri says:

    Matt Flenner can’t speak without stumbling

  7. Carolyn Pickering says:

    We love KMBC and all the reporters. So sad to see Johnny Kane leave. Loved his youthful spirit.

  8. Victoria says:

    I thought Len Jennings was a fine anchor and do not understand nor appreciate this move. I am not fond of Chris Ketz’s demeanor. His delivery comes across as arrogant and condescending. You need someone with confidence and a strong presence but who is also able to relate to the 9-5 person. Good luck as always though KMBC channel 9. You’ll figure it out.

  9. Donna says:

    Jen was perfect! He transitioned beautifully into Larry’s anchor chair. Chris is nice but he cant hold a candle to Len. I’m tired of the constant shifts in staff. We bring these people in our homes every night and then you take them away. I have been loyal to KMBC since 1968. Stop it, just stop it!

  10. Darlene Steutermann says:

    Please get Neville Miller off the station. He drives everyone crazy. Your drowning the public with unnecessary constant weather.

  11. KS Chick says:

    So many changes at KMBC over the last few years that is just too much. I don’t think the News Director, Sherri, understands this market place or the people of KC. The worse changes were with the weather team – it was first class; now it looks like 1/2 of a comic strip.

  12. Sandy mickelson says:

    You need to get Piggy Breit off from in front of the camera. She looks terrible. She is bad news for the station. I like what you have done with the new people and moving Kris to anchor spot. But she needs to go and fast.

  13. rronsmith says:

    I am really happy with the weather man, Neville Miller, and want to know where is he because I have not seen him lately. I stopped watching Kctv 5 due to lack of diversity with their news team (Kelly Jones)and was really enjoying channel 9 since the hiring of Neville Miller !

  14. Sarah says:

    Hi guys how are you from Sarah

  15. Matt says:

    Monday 4pm and 9pm to an hour starts.

  16. Diane Wallace says:

    I Love Neville Miller. He is so pleasant to watch. I love his enthusiasm for delivering the weather. I Love Donna and Kris but now Chris is on the evening news. Please keep Matt on the morning show. What happened to the lady that did the morning traffic? She went on Maternity leave and never returned.

  17. Gaylen Nicholson says:

    I watch KSHB to see Kali Deion, when and where did she go, I want to follow her, you had a weather segment worth watching, now your just another news station, get rid of the black news lady, all she seems to want to talk about her cancer, yes I’m sorry for her also, but enough is enough, unload her, she’s a has been

  18. Debra BishopC says:

    I have watched channel 9 news for over 40 years. This station has gone down the tubes. I saw an anchor on the news last night another new one. I think her name was Kelly. Her appearance is horrible. Doesn’t look like she has washed that long stringy hair for weeks. Most of these new people stutter and stammer every time they speak. Kris Ketz is so stuck on himself it sickens me. He cheated on his first wife with his now current wife so he needs to check himself. I am done with this station and whoever is the station manager should be fired.

  19. Robert Jones says:

    KMBC 9 is absolutely dreadful.

    It seems like everytime I flip to this channel, the news team or production team has some sort of meltdown. They were absolutely horrible and hyped up the “Ice Storm” that never happened. A big amount of that falls onto the Shoulders of Bryan Busby. He needs to go. Between him regaining most of the weight he lost by 2013, and the way he presents himself, He seems to have really slowed down. Neville seems to be the only one that knows how to do his job. KMBC 9 should get a Better News Director and talent that will actually convey a story to the viewer rather than sounding monotoned as fuck from reading a transcript off a teleprompter.

  20. david pratt says:

    Im a fan of kmbc-9 and was just wondering what happened to the blond haired lady that did the morning weather? See recently had a baby. I was just thinking ive not seen her for a while? Is she on maternity leave?

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