Paul Vercammen, KEYT’s news director and Friday night anchor,
was terminated last Tuesday, just days after his news department
won an Emmy for best evening newscast. Vercammen’s departure, which
was a surprise to many of his co-workers, came a few weeks after
new station general manager Cathy Jacquemin assumed direction of
Santa Barbara’s first local television station. During his three
years at KEYT, Vercammen worked for five chief executives and four
general managers. While Vercammen declined to comment, other than
to say he’s spending a lot of time attending his kids’ baseball
games, others cited a “change of direction” that frequently
accompanies new management as the reason for his termination.


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