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CBS46 anchor Scott Light out after 18 months

Scott Light came from Phoenix in late 2013 and lasted just 18 months at CBS46. CREDIT: CBS46
Scott Light came from Phoenix in late 2013 and lasted just 18 months at CBS46. CREDIT: CBS46

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Saturday, June 6, 2015

Netflix is reviving "Full House." CBS46 has created what you might call the latest version of "Clean House."

I spoke too soon a few days back when I said it appeared CBS46 had finished revamping its anchor lineup, which meant replacing everyone but Tracye Hutchins and Scott Light. CBS46 this past week let go of Light after 18 months, leaving Hutchins as the sole weekday anchor survivor since new management arrived last fall.

Tracye Hutchins is the only weekday anchor to survive new management. She has been with CBS46 since 2007. CREDIT: CBS46
Tracye Hutchins is the only weekday anchor to survive new management. She has been with CBS46 since 2007. CREDIT: CBS46

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

News director Larry Perrret declined to comment, but I hear a replacement for Light is coming soon so the musical chairs may finally be coming to an end.

Light, who last worked at a Phoenix TV station, was one of the last major hires of the previous regime.

UPDATE on July 1, 2020: Light, who joined 10TV in Columbus, Ohio in 2016, said on Facebook he resigned with his final newscast on June 30. Here is what he wrote, in part:

This decision to end my broadcast career was 100% my call, on my timeline and the backstory is very simple: the media has changed more in the last 12 years (since the Great Recession) than it did in the previous 50. Since 2008/09, it's been tough on EVERY member of media with massive budget cuts, a 'do more with less' mentality plus the hyper partisanship that's led to the media being labeled an 'enemy of the state' and 'fake'. If you believe me or my any of my colleagues are either, please unfriend me. Now that I'm an ex-journalist, I can be that blunt with my own opinion since everyone else has theirs. I'm so proud of all my media brethren for keeping the world informed with data and science in this pandemic PLUS countless media outlets like 10TV - WBNS showcasing the human spirit, love and compassion of people helping people in these trying times. As for what's next, that's the other part of the backstory. An opportunity arose in December, it took 7 months to come together and now it's go time. I'm headed to the world of consulting with a focus on strategic communications, media relations, community advocacy and video production.

For those of you who are trying to keep count, here are the recent anchor changes:

Mornings: Michelle Burdo outBobby Kaple from L.A. and Gloria Neal from Denver in.

Mid-days: Jocelyn McConnell out, Kim Passoth from Oklahoma City in

Evenings: Stephany Fisher, Scott Light out; Sharon Reed from St. Louis, plus another person soon, in

Sports: Larry Smith outFred Kalil in

Meteorologist: Markina Brown outJim Kosek in

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