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Darby Douglas fired from KHOU

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Morning traffic reporter Darby Douglas has been fired from KHOU television. He'd been doing the morning news there for nearly 13 years.

For those of you who were fans, or even just occasional viewers, how Darby was on TV is exactly how he is in real life -- nice, genuine, and unlikely to hurt a fly. Just a really nice guy.

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I did not care for him, but I am surprised to hear that he's the same in person as on TV. I got a bad vibe for some reason.

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Was he laid-off or fired? Has he been replaced?

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They haven't deleted his profile page yet for some reason:

Darby Douglas joined the KHOU morning news team in August of 1996 after spending ten years in the radio industry as an on-air talent and traffic anchor for KLOL, KLDE, and KCOH, to name a few. Douglas is a native Houstonian, which comes in handy when doing traffic for a living, and a graduate of Stratford High School. Douglas attended the University of Houston, but now that he is "Married with Children," he plans on making sure that his two daughters finish their education.

Douglas has been reporting traffic for over ten years now and is "happy to be proficient at something!" Although Douglas is an avid golfer and fan of Tiger Woods, his favorite past time is spending time with his wife and kids.

http://www.khou.com/insidekhou/newsteam/ddouglas.html

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Was he laid-off or fired? Has he been replaced?

I'm guessing he was laid off. Just a few weeks ago, Belo Corp announced that it would be laying off 14 percent of its national workforce. Here's a link to that announcement on KHOU's website:

http://www.khou.com/business/stories/khou0...s_.2a37683.html

They've either decided to do without traffic, or they've figured out a way to do it cheaper.

I really hate to see this, because Darby is one of the really nice guys in the local media biz.

And if he's part of a 14 percent RIF, it's very probable that he's not the only one at KHOU to get the axe.

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Was he laid-off or fired? Has he been replaced?

The e-mail he sent me read, "fired."

These days the terms are used interchangeably, especially by companies as politically correct as TV stations.

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The e-mail he sent me read, "fired." These days the terms are used interchangeably, especially by companies as politically correct as TV stations.

Whatever you want to call it, when your employer terminates your employment, no matter what the reason, they've fired you.

Whether it's "We don't need your services anymore", or "We don't want your services anymore", or, "We can't afford your services anymore", you're still out the door. Fired. I hope he got a good severance package.

As one who's been through that a couple of times, I know for a fact that no matter how much severance he got, right now Darby is sick to his stomach wondering where he's going to find a job in this collapsing economy, and worrying about how he's going to support his family. That's how decent guys like him react to being fired.

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I heard him recently doing the traffic on the radio, though. 97.5 maybe?

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I equate fired to disciplinary termination versus laid-off as budgetary termination. I was hoping that his firing was of the "laid-off" nature.

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I equate fired to disciplinary termination versus laid-off as budgetary termination. I was hoping that his firing was of the "laid-off" nature.

Fired or laid off -- the result is the same. He's out on the street looking for a job.

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Darby is like me now. Looking for a job.

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Darby is like me now. Looking for a job.

me too Trae.

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Fired or laid off -- the result is the same. He's out on the street looking for a job.

I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THE GUY GOT FIRED FOR BEING A POOR EMPLOYEE OR IF HE GOT LAID OFF BECAUSE THE STATION COULD NOT AFFORD TO KEEP HIM.

I KNOW THEY ALL ULTIMATELY MEAN THE SAME THING.

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I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THE GUY GOT FIRED FOR BEING A POOR EMPLOYEE OR IF HE GOT LAID OFF BECAUSE THE STATION COULD NOT AFFORD TO KEEP HIM. I KNOW THEY ALL ULTIMATELY MEAN THE SAME THING.

I know what you mean.

It's almost certainly a lay-off. Belo did give notice on January 30th that 14 percent of the company's national workforce would be cut, and that every one of its TV stations and newspapers would be affected.

Darby is just the only one we know about, but I'm sure others behind the cameras and in various departments were also laid off.

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It's almost certainly a lay-off. Belo did give notice on January 30th that 14 percent of the company's national workforce would be cut, and that every one of its TV station and newspapers would be affected.

Thank You. Sorry for yelling. :)

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Thank You. Sorry for yelling. :)

Not a problem. I share your sorrow and frustration over seeing bad things happen to good people. :angry:

This is what happens when a company's profits go down. They have to cut costs and that means layoffs.

Every single one of us who has a job should be thankful and hang onto it with all our might.

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Some clarification -- Darby isn't unemployed. Not exactly. He's still an employee of Metro Traffic, which KHOU contracts with for its traffic service.

KHOU just decided it didn't want Darby anymore. Instead, it's looking for a female traffic reporter to bring in more young male viewers.

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Heh, one of the other stations has a cute brunette doing morning traffic.

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Some clarification -- Darby isn't unemployed. Not exactly. He's still an employee of Metro Traffic, which KHOU contracts with for its traffic service.

KHOU just decided it didn't want Darby anymore. Instead, it's looking for a female traffic reporter to bring in more young male viewers.

Thanks for the clarification. Sadly, it makes financial sense for the news station to do that. Look at the attention Jennifer Reyna brings on for KPRC.

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