news story, flashed image of Cara in Playboy causes news director his job.

news story, flashed image of Cara in Playboy causes news director his job.
A Toledo, Ohio, news station’s story about Cara Zavaleta’s Playboy appearance has caused the station’s news director to resign. The problem: a photo of the Road Rules South Pacific cast member from the November issue of Playboy made it onto NBC 24’s Wednesday at 6 p.m. newscast. As the Toledo Blade reports, “The image was captured as he photographed a man flipping through the magazine while standing in line for her autograph.” People in Toledo are apparently unaware of what a naked female looks like, and the station’s news director Lou Hebert has resigned over the exposure. The station’s general manager, Rick Lipps, said, “This is not what we stand for. This is not what we want on the air, and I apologize to our viewing public for that.” The news director, “I was stunned by what had occurred on the air. When it occurred, I was the first one down the hall to tell Rick that it had happened. No one in the newsroom took this lightly. Everyone understood the gravity of it, and the possible consequences.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.