Kirk Montgomery leaving 9News, latest station to target an entertainment reporter

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Kirk Montgomery.
Today brings word that Kirk Montgomery is leaving 9News, where he's worked since 2001. And while he's landed on his feet, albeit in a smaller market, the decision of 9News not to offer him a contract is indicative of an ongoing trend in the economically challenged TV-news business that threatens to turn Montgomery's specialty area -- entertainment reporting -- into a thing of the past on a local level.

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Montgomery and friends on the 9News set in a photo from his Facebook page.
Montgomery's Facebook page lists his new station as WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan, where he'll reportedly anchor a 4 p.m. newscast after not being offered a new full-year contract by 9News.

He also confirmed his departure on his Twitter via two messages. Here's the first....

...and the second, which quotes the Bible and/or the Byrds:

Once upon a time, every station in markets the size of Denver or larger had an on-staff entertainment reporter. But as budgets tightened and revenues shrank, such journalists have been increasingly viewed as dispensable. Witness the January departure from CBS4 of Greg Moody, who'd been at the outlet for a quarter-century. Like Montgomery, he wasn't offered a contract.

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Greg Moody.
At the time, Moody told the Denver Post he had no intention of leaving the Denver market, and he still makes the area home. But since then, he's been unable to find a full-time gig. His Twitter account describes him as a "freelance writer/producer." After Montgomery's announcement, Moody offered a tweet of support:

With both Montgomery and Moody out, the only entertainment specialist left on local Denver TV is Chris Parente of Fox31/KWGN, who's managed to make himself more intrinsic to the outlet by hosting Everyday, a lighthearted, chat-heavy morning program. But the sort of arts-and-culture reporting that was a trademark of Moody and his predecessors over the years is little seen these days. Note that Montgomery's highest-profile segments on 9News of late have been updates about the ins and outs of contestants on The Voice.

Like movie critics at newspapers, entertainment reporters on local TV are a rare breed -- and becoming rarer with each passing day.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Media archive circa June 2013: "Photos: Denver TV personalities' goofiest Facebook pics, 2013 edition."

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182 comments
Steven R. Leal
Steven R. Leal

Hey George White.,,,,,,it's a Castilian. Lisp ass

George White
George White

Kirk and Chris are both arrogant, annoying prisses. I hope Chris leaves/gets canned very soon.

George White
George White

Yay! Good riddance. Ding dong the witch is dead!

George White
George White

I used to live in the same building as Kirk and he was mean and arrogant to everyone except when he was drunk (which was every night). You must have met him when he was drunk.

Aaron Dolph
Aaron Dolph

I met kirk just a few days ago. He was a sweet man. On the news he would always try to bring light to the efforts of education and the arts. His career is going the way of the covered wagon, but he dedicated very much to his role on 9news and the community. Thanks Kirk.

Jackie Agan
Jackie Agan

Good luck Kirk! Enjoyed your personality.

Michelle Pearl Mobley
Michelle Pearl Mobley

Kirk Montgomery is a very classy presenter and we will miss him (tho, broadcast entertainment news rarely covers the entertainment that I am interested in). Now it is time to kick the vulgar "Me, Me, Me" Parente to the curb. Everything he does on camera is totally irreverent and un-relevant.

Troy Pena
Troy Pena

He should take Kyle who took the dog bite to the face with.

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Good, he was annoying as fu*k!!! Felt like I was watching a "Very Special How the Grinch Stole Christmas" episode every time he was on. Offward and onward as he annoys another state!!

Corey Steven Haley
Corey Steven Haley

He looks fun! Hopefully he gets picked up somewhere else and got a good severance.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Too bad. Back to a boring news broadcast.

Casey Schaefer
Casey Schaefer

Every time I watched him it felt like I was watching an episode if South Park.

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

What is this television of which you speak?

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Can't stand the fluff of local news. Mind numbing.

Karl Chwe
Karl Chwe

Don't watch tv news (garbage). But that 12-year old seems enthusiastic, anyway.

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