Former WLKY Reporter Starts New Job in Florida, Says Political Coverage Is “Hard Sell” on TV News

by Gabe Bullard on January 22, 2012

Andy Alcock, formerly of WLKY in Louisville, will begin work at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida this week.

Alcock worked at WLKY for 14 years. In the last few years, he became one of the most frequently-seen TV reporters around City Hall, and, despite occasional stints anchoring or covering other topics, was described as the station’s “City Hall Reporter” on the WLKY website. As such, Alcock was one of the last TV reporters to regularly cover the city government beat in Louisville.

He left WLKY in early December for personal reasons, but says he was looking for another opportunity for months before he resigned. After briefly returning to his native Chicago and freelancing, he has since landed a job anchoring and reporting at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida.

Alcock says his split with WLKY was amicable, and he appreciates that his management at WLKY let him pursue stories on city government.

“I’ll be honest…it’s a hard sell trying to get the producers and the news director and assistant news director to want to do some of these political stories. Let’s be honest about it, the major driver in TV news in most markets, Louisville is no exception, is crime.”

Alcock says political reports may not be the most visually interesting, but he expects other reporters to fill his beat.

“I have every confidence that there’s going to be coverage,” he says. “I think the things that you need to look at, some of the documented type things where the money’s being spent, the council or the mayor’s office. You always want to follow money because it’s our money.”

Alcock points to Elizabeth Donatelli at WAVE-3, Joe Arnold at WHAS-11, Bennet Haberle at WDRB and Eric King at WLKY as local TV reporters who often pursue city stories.

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