KTTV and forecaster on outs

Dec 10, 2001  •  Post A Comment

It doesn’t look like free-lance weatherman Greg Ketter will be back on the air at Fox-owned KTTV in Los Angeles anytime soon due to an imbroglio over ethics.
According to KTTV reporter Tony Valdez, who is the station’s steward for the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists, KTTV management became concerned when it discovered that Mr. Ketter allegedly had received compensation from a charity whose fund-raising golf tournament he covered and helped coordinate.
“He told me he had an arrangement from the charity to receive a fee from the golf tournament and gala dinner,” said Mr. Valdez, who sat in on meetings between Mr. Ketter and KTTV management two weeks ago. “The station’s position is that because he did not tell them of his financial interest in the events, that was not something they approved of.
Although Mr. Ketter, who had worked for the station for some eight years, is an AFTRA member, he was not under contract to KTTV because he was employed on a per diem basis, handling weekend duties and occasionally filling in for full-time weathercaster Jillian Barberie on “Good Day L.A.”
Mr. Ketter gave two live reports from the United Foster Care events, one during “Good Day L.A.” on Aug. 10, broadcast from the Pasadena, Calif., golf course where the tournament was being held, and the other during KTTV’s Saturday newscast on Aug. 11, broadcast from the event’s dinner gala.
Mr. Ketter, who has not appeared on KTTV for the past three weekends, did not return calls from Electronic Media.
KTTV General Manager David Boylan declined to comment.