‘I Will Miss This Place Terribly’: Scott Diener Out at KCBS/KCAL

By Mark Joyella 

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Scott Diener, vice president and news director at CBS-owned KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles is leaving the duopoly, according to multiple sources.

A memo obtained tonight by TVSpy–dated Wednesday and addressed to news staff–says “I will miss this place terribly…Working in my home town, at a station I grew up watching, was the ultimate honor.”

Diener was named news director in Los Angeles in 2010, arriving from CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

In the memo, Diener writes of KCBS and KCAL, “we’ve done a lot here. I’m proud of what we have accomplished as a team during my five-and-a-half years. We’re well positioned for continuing success in the future and that makes me feel really good as I share with you my decision to step aside as vice president and news director and pursue new and exciting opportunities.”

Steve Mauldin, president and general manager, KCBS-KCAL said:

“Scott has been a terrific news director and, on a personal note, a good friend during our nine years together in Dallas and Los Angeles. He should be proud of what he has accomplished here in Los Angeles during his time at CBS 2 and KCAL 9. We wish him the very best as he moves on to his next adventure and look forward to building on the success that he helped create.”

Diener–ever the news director–ends his memo with a final kick in the butt: “Now–go out and break a story!”