Last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced KMOV would have to be sold to prevent Gannett Co.’s purchase of Belo Corp. from violating antitrust laws.
The longtime anchor was suspended and then fired on May 22 from his position at KMOV following Facebook comments he made about the Internal Revenue Service.
Actually, it was two sides of the same story. One side was told by Conners and the other by his former bosses, who are being sued by Conners for defamation.
Just weeks after Belo Corp., owner of St. Louis’s KMOV-TV, was acquired by Gannett Broadcasting, two more St. Louis TV stations have changed hands.
Taking to Facebook again on Sunday, Conners revealed his former employer’s response to what he considered a “reasonable” settlement offer.
Conners has hired St. Louis attorney Merle Silverstein. Silverstein issued a letter to media outlets claiming that the corporate order “is the only reason for his silence.”
Conners wrote Monday night that shortly after he interviewed President Obama and his wife in April 2012 the IRS “started hammering” him.