Sources have told Bottom Line Communications that Bryan McGruder, Vice President of News at WDAF-Fox 4 for nearly 10 years, is no longer with the station.
No reason was given for his sudden exit.
Rival KSHB-TV has not responded whether he will be moving to the NBC affiliate that currently has openings for a News Director and General Manager.
What is particularly surprising with the move is that the all-important November TV sweeps is starting this Thursday (10/25). Not having a someone in that key position could severely impact the Fox station’s results.
McGruder, 52, joined the station in December 2002 after serving about two years as the VP of News at Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV in Memphis. He also spent a year as news director at WJCL/WTGS TV in Savannah, GA, and 10 years as an anchor/reporter/producer and executive producer at WHNT-TV in Huntsville, AL.
Following graduation from the University of Missouri in 1982 McGruder spent two years at WTOK-TV in Meridian, MS, as a reporter for four years and then moved to to WAPT in Jackson, MS, for two years before moving on to WHNT.
McGruder served from 2006-2011 on the Board of Governors of the National Association of the Arts & Sciences as a VP-Trustee.