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Gannett Broadcasting Names New General Manager for KTHV-TV

McLEAN, Va. – Larry Audas has been named president and general manager of KTHV-TV, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Ark. Audas replaces Susan Freeman, who has resigned.

The announcement was made by Craig Dubow, president and CEO of Gannett Broadcasting.

“Larry brings a great knowledge of the Little Rock market to this position, and a passion for news, along with strong leadership skills” said Dubow.

Audas previously was news director at Gannett’s CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C., WLTX-TV. WLTX-TV has been recognized with a Most Outstanding Newscast Emmy, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and as the South Carolina Broadcasters Association Television Station of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

This move is a return to Little Rock for Audas. Prior to his most recent assignment, Audas had been weekday anchor for KTHV-TV. During his tenure at KTHV, he was part of the station’s first Associated Press “Best Newscast” and he co-anchored KTHV’s first Emmy-winning Newscast and Live Special Event, as well as a first regional Murrow Best Newscast.

Before joining Gannett, Audas was an anchor/reporter for KPRC-TV (NBC) in Houston where he reported on a range of stories from hurricanes and earthquakes to Texas politics. The Texas Associated Press recognized him with a Best Reporter award. His previous anchor/reporter positions were at KFOR-TV (NBC) in Oklahoma City, and KSWO-TV (ABC) in Lawton, OK. Audas began his broadcasting career as an announcer with KQCV radio in Oklahoma City. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University, earning a B.A. in Radio/TV Production.

Audas, and his wife Joanne have two children, Kara (20) and Maria (18). Audas is a frequent guest speaker at the University of South Carolina, addressing broadcast students, media-relations classes, and this summer, a group of international Fulbright Scholars.

Gannett Television’s stations are: W*USA (CBS-Washington, DC); WXIA (NBC-Atlanta); KARE NBC-Minneapolis); WTSP (CBS-Tampa); WKYC (NBC- Cleveland); KPNX (NBC-Phoenix), KNAZ (NBC-Flagstaff), KMOH (NBC-Kingman); K*USA (NBC-Denver); KXTV (ABC-Sacramento); KSDK (NBC-St. Louis); WZZM (ABC-Grand Rapids); WGRZ (NBC-Buffalo); WFMY (CBS-Greensboro); WJXX (ABC-Jacksonville); WTLV (NBC-Jacksonville), KTHV (CBS-Little Rock); WBIR (NBC-Knoxville); WCSH (NBC-Portland); WLTX (CBS-Columbia); WMAZ (CBS-Macon); and WLBZ (NBC-Bangor). In addition to its television operations, Gannett publishes 94 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nations largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also publishes USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. In the United Kingdom, Gannett subsidiary Newsquest plc publishes more than 300 titles, including 15 daily newspapers and a network of prize-winning Web sites.