In New Orleans, WVUE Waits Out Zurik’s Non-Compete

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Times-Picayune

Lee Zurik, who departed WWL-Channel 4 last week, has joined the staff of WVUE-Channel 8 as anchor and investigative reporter.

Zurik told WWL in late August that he would leave when his contract expired. Zurik also worked as WWL’s weekend anchor, and said that his desire to leave the weekend shift partly drove his decision to jump stations.


Zurik wont be able to appear on WVUE’s air for six months, a condition dictated by a standard non-compete clause in his WWL contract, but he can begin off-camera preparation immediately. His non-compete expires in time for ratings-intensive May “sweeps.”

“I think it’s a great fit for me,” Zurik said Tuesday (November 10). “Having an hour newscast here will allow me to do more in-depth stories.

“I’ll be able to do more investigative reporting than I’ve ever done in the four years I’ve been doing it.” More…