WBRZ-TV News Director Chuck Bark will end an 11-year run in that position at the end of 2015.
“Most of us that do this are probably Type-A personalities anyway. I’ll probably be out of it for a bit, and who knows what I’ll do next,” Bark said.
Nothing prompted the decision, other than the desire for a vacation, Bark joked. Bark, 63, has been in the news business for more than 35 years. Bark was at a Mobile, Alabama, station for 14 years and worked in Memphis, Tennessee, for 10 years before that.
“The news director job, especially in south Louisiana, is 24-7,” said WBRZ Station Manager Rocky Daboval. “It’s just one of those things. You’re always on call.”
Bark said he told the station’s management and owners in February that he planned to leave. This week the decision was made public.
Daboval said finding Bark’s replacement is not on the immediate list of things to do. Daboval said he expects Bark will help find his successor.
Bark said he has not decided on his next step. He plans spend some time off with his wife and family. They plan to stay in Baton Rouge.
Bark has been a great partner and he can still be involved with the station after 2015 if he chooses to be, Daboval said.