KCAL-TV said Tuesday that its decision to hire an African-American weekend anchor is unrelated to the departure of Larry Carroll, whose exit from the station this summer stirred protests.
The Disney-owned station has recruited vet TV and radio news reporter Dave Clark to fill Carroll’s position.
KCAL general manager David Woodcock noted, however, that the station is seeking to reflect the ethnic make up of the community with its on-air talent.
Clark will join the station in early September from WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, where he serves as a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor.
African-American groups, who had protested in front of the KCAL studios following Carroll’s ouster, were closely watching to see who would land in his job.
KCAL news director Bob Henry said in a statement that Clark would also be involved in news reporting, covering a wide variety of assignments.
Clark also worked as a reporter for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh and for a series of radio stations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.