FTVLive FIRST told you back on December 12th that KTVK in Phoenix brought in former Atlanta Anchor Brandon Rudut for an interview and run through on the set.
Rudut was let go from the Meredith station in Atlanta.
After Rudut had his interview at KTVK, Meredith ended up purchasing the station. So, it appeared since that was the company that let him go in Atlanta, his chances of getting hired in Phoenix had dropped significantly.
In the end, Brandon Rudut did not get hired at KTVK.
The station hired Brandon Lee instead.
If Brandon Rudut and Brandon Lee look like the same guy, that's because they are. No word on why Rudut or the station decided to change his name.
Here's the internal memo sent to the staff after Rudut....errrrr Lee's hiring:
From: Beck, Cameryn
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:47 PM
To: KTVK News
Cc: KTVK Leadership Team; Brandon Rudat; Cerreta, Jaime
I’m excited to announce the newest member of our team.
Please join me in welcoming Brandon Lee. He will anchor the 4:30pm news with Jaime Cerreta starting next Wednesday! When Brandon isn’t anchoring in studio, he will have other roles in the evening and late newscasts including reporting from the “breaking news desk.”
Brandon will start work next Monday, using his first two days to get settled and spend time with all of you.. mapping out a plan for his role in the shows!
Below is the press release that is going out shortly.
Welcome to 3TV, Brandon!
Executive News Director