Former Memphis Anchor Talks About Exit

5 days ago, FTVLive FIRST told you that WREG (Memphis) Anchor Richard Ransom was escorted out of the building after the 6PM newscast and then tweeted that he was no longer with the station. 

Ransom now says, "WREG chose not to extend my contract by two years and we could not reach an agreement."

The Commercial Appeal writes that in a surprising move, Ransom and WREG parted ways a week ago. He sat at the station's news anchor desk as WREG moved to the top spot among local newscasts across all time slots in the market.

Ransom did the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts on Tuesday, May 30, and was escorted from the building before the 10 p.m. show.

"I appreciate and am humbled by the outpouring of interest in my future, but the fact is, I can't talk about my plans at this point," Ransom said in the statement. Contracts for newscasters usually contain a non-compete clause preventing them from moving to another station in the local market for six months to a year.

Ransom would not discuss specifics about his future or whether he would simply bide his time until any non-compete situation expired.

His bio still remains on the WREG website (you know at least until the Tribune bosses read FTVLive this morning).