Former KTLA-TV Reporter Sues Stations for Wrongful Use of His Name and Likeness, and for Age Discrimination THR
A former on-air personality whose reports appeared on KTLA-TV and other Tribune stations is suing for breach of contract and age discrimination, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq.
Known to television viewers as Kurt the CyberGuy, Kurt Knutsson sued KTLA and at least eight other stations, including WPIX-TV in New York, the piece reports. His lawsuit also alleges misappropriation of his name and likeness and unfair competition.
Knutsson claims that his five-year contract with Los Angeles station KTLA was terminated suddenly in 2010, with several years left on the agreement. He alleges that two KTLA executives told him they would renegotiate, but he would earn less. In 2011, he alleges, he was told by Tribune that he was terminated, as was his syndicated relationship with other stations.
Despite his termination, Knutsson claims his name and image continued to be used on the stations' websites, but when users clicked on the link, they were taken to technology reports by Rich DeMuro. He alleges the reports were broadcast from the same studio as CyberGuy, and used the same format and style.
According to the lawsuit, he alleges: "The decision to terminate Knutsson’s employment was motivated … particularly during the last years of his employment by a company bias against age, specifically with regard to on-air talent.”
Tribune declined to comment. Knutsson’s age is listed online as 45 years old.