Saturday, January 05, 2008


KTVI exec who oversaw Pujols coverage leaves
By Joel Currier

Kingsley Smith, the KTVI (Channel 2) news director who devoted the bulk of a newscast to a false rumor that Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols would be named in the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs, is leaving to run the news department of the Fox affiliate in Philadelphia.

Channel 2 also is a Fox affiliate and when the rumor broke, Smith said, "the Fox (network) brand allows us a little more latitude'' to cover a rumor in depth. "There's a certain sense of edginess and aggressiveness."