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August 26, 2008
Thomas Drayton to leave Fox40

drayton.JPGFox40 (KTXL) anchor Thomas Drayton has confirmed he's leaving the station.

But he can't tell us where. Or exactly when.

OKayyyyyyy,

Seems like Drayton, who currently co-anchors the 10 p.m. news with Donna Cordova, is not at liberty to divulge such pesky details at this time.

Who knew media job switcheroos could be so Secret Spy-like?

Drayton can, however, tell us this The new gig is as the lead anchor in a Top 5 market and he'll be leaving Sacramento the first week of September and, in all likelihood, starting his new job by mid-September.

Although he's excited to take on the new assignment, Drayton said he's sorry to say goodbye to Sacramento and Fox40.

"I had every intention of re-signing (with Fox40)," Drayton said. "But then I was contacted by this station and it was a great opportunity."

Drayton said he'll keep up with Fox40 and its upcoming changes.

"It's an exciting time to be at Fox40 - we're about to launch a new, expanded morning show with a brand new look," he said. "But at some point, you have to decide if you want to continue with what you have or do you want to move on. And now was the time for me to make this transition."

Fox40 news director Brandon Mercer praised Drayton's talents.

"Thomas helped Fox40 get to where we are now and we wish him the best of luck," said Mercer who also confirmed that Fox40 is indeed launching a new morning show in the near future but declined to give the specifics at this time.

Finding a replacement for Drayton will be tough, he added.

"We've got to do an anchor search - to replace him we need to find someone who knows news, someone who's able to ad lib, someone who's authentic and someone who has a voice that (viewers) will respect)."

We'll keep you posted on the details.

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