Newscaster Resigns In Tiff Over Story
March 4, 2008 at 5:18 AM (PT)
The story about a former KOFI, INC. Oldies-Talk KOFI-A/KALISPELL, MT office manager's indictment (NET NEWS 3/3) has led to another resignation, as long-time News Director GEORGE OSTROM exited KOFI MONDAY after a dispute over his airing the story in the station's newscast, according to the DAILY INTERLAKE.
OSTROM was with the station in various capacities for 53 years and previously owned a share of the station; his decision to run the story apparently precipitated the conflict with management and his departure.
Former station office manager KENT ETCHISON pleaded not guilty to mail fraud charges stemming from the alleged purchase of about $925,000 in office supplies to receive personal incentives from vendors. If convicted, ETCHISON could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.