Late-breaking news about, um, late-breaking news: KTVT-Channel 11 and KTXA-Channel 21 just announced that news director Regent Ducas is out and Scott Diener is in -- immediately. Diener's been with the CBS affiliate, and its UHF counterpart, since June 2006, when he arrived from a Belo-owned station in Phoenix. And Channel 11's proud of his credentials, mentioning in tonight's media release that he's "been honored with a duPont-Columbia University Award for journalism and a George Foster Peabody Award." Mazel tov.
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As for Ducas, well, his reign at Channel 11's been well documented here and elsewhere. He leaves, according to the release, for the most familiar of reasons: "to pursue other interests." As for what Ducas accomplished during his tenure, well, “Regent infused a lot of energy and tempo into our newscasts,” says CBS 11 and TXA 21 president and general manager Steve Mauldin, who, apparently, is interested in getting his newsroom back in the news business. --Robert Wilonsky