Andy Alcock, a reporter/anchor for WCTV is leaving the CBS affiliate after three years on the job.
Alcock, who relocated his family to Tallahassee from Louisville in 2012, signed a three year contract with WCTV which expired this month. He was recruited by then WCTV General Manager Nick Waller for his skills as an investigative reporter and his ability to hold officials accountable.
During his tenure he approached officials like no other local TV reporter – a microphone in hand, a camera turned on and a question ready for delivery.
His ability to aggressively pursue elected officials with journalistic professionalism become his calling card – just ask Scott Maddox, John Marks, Andrew Gillum and Jackie Pons.
However, it appears this old style approach may have led to his exit.
After the news director he was hired under abruptly left after his first year, things began to change. Stan Sanders, the new News Director, began to curtail Alcock’s responsibilities by removing him as an anchor on the six o’clock news.
Then, GM Nick Waller took a promotion and left town.
There were rumors about elected officials complaining about his aggressive style. Eventually, several elected officials, including Mayor Gillum, refused to grant interviews.
Preston Scott, the host of The Morning Show on 100.7 WFLA, occasionally invited Alcock on his show to discuss local issues.
Scott told TR that “Andy Alcock was the only television journalist in Florida’s capital who would ask the tough questions and wait for the answers. His departure leaves a huge void. I am not certain that Andy was always supported in his efforts to illuminate local issues. I wish Andy nothing but the best in his future.”
Similarly, Ed Holifield, a local community activist, told TR that “there will be no investigative reporting by local TV stations in Tallahassee now that Andy is gone. This means that more public tax dollars will be ripped off to support such monstrous adventures as the Double Tree Hotel, the Ron Sachs Office building, and the giant electrified phallic symbol in the middle of the Gaines Street roundabout.”
During his farewell broadcast, Alcock received praise from popular WCTV co-anchor, A.J Hilton, who said, “The bulldog. He was always the bulldog. You always asked the tough questions. You always held people accountable.”
In a statement released by Alcock, it appears he was eager to stay in Tallahassee.
Alcock wrote, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked at WCTV. During my tenure here, I had one on one interviews with both the vice-president and president of the United States, covered a tropical storm for CBS News and had the chance to work with a group of outstanding professionals. I had hoped to make this station my professional home for many more years. Unfortunately, I was not able to reach a new deal with station management.”