Kingsley Smith Departs KTTV Los Angeles

Kingsley Smith, KTTV Los Angeles VP and news director, has stepped down from the Fox O&O. He took on the L.A. job in 2011 after a stint as VP/news director at Fox-owned WTXF Philadelphia, and news posts at Fox-owned stations in Dallas and St. Louis.

Smith is "pursuing other opportunities," according to a statement from KTTV.

Under Smith, KTTV has deployed Google+ to make Google Hangouts video chats a key feature in its morning show. He came on board in L.A. when his predecessor, Jose Rios, moved up to VP of digital news applications at Fox Television Stations.

Assistant news director Tom Searson is acting news director while station management searches for a replacement.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.