Anchor asks viewers to fund his effort to get around noncompete clause


"I just want to do my job, which is bringing you the news," says Kurt Ludlow in a video. Ludlow was an anchor at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, before he lost his job this past May. His attorney, Mark R. Weaver, says Ludlow has received an offer from another Columbus TV station, but WBNS is blocking the move.

Weaver says Ludlow has filed an action in a Franklin County, Ohio, court. He and his team are now using the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to try to raise $20,000 for what Ludlow's friend Bill Adrion calls the Ludlow Defense Fund.

Last November former St. Louis anchor Larry Conners lost an appeal to return to local airwaves when a judge refused to strike a noncompete provision from his contract with KMOV-TV.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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