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Ducas delivers again, at least for a month

NewsBlues reports that former CBS11 news director Regent Ducas, ousted in early September after a stormy five-month tenure, will be pitching in at WLNE-TV in Providence, R.I. during the November "sweeps" ratings period. There's no agreement beyond that.

The ABC affiliate has retained Ducas to "help oversee the news operation" next month, the subscription-required Web site reports. WLNE was bought earlier this month by Delaware-based Global Broadcasting LLC, and currently is without a full-time news director.

For Ducas it's a drop from the No. 5 to No. 52 TV market, according to Nielsen Media Research's latest statistics. He was hired by former Meredith exec Kevin O'Brien, who previously had put Ducas in charge of the newsroom at KCTV-TV in Kansas City. He led a ratings resurgence at that CBS station, but Ducas' "run 'n' gun" news approach and combustible temperament didn't translate to D-FW. His replacement at CBS11, Scott Diener, had been the station's assistant news director under Ducas.
Ed Bark