Tim Lake, a general-assignment reporter at WCAU, filed suit against the NBC-owned station (Channel 10) yesterday, saying that it is preventing him from accepting an anchor position at CBS's KYW (Channel 3).
The civil suit was filed in Chester County Court. Lake is a resident of Downingtown.
Lake, who joined WCAU in 1992, was demoted from 5 p.m. coanchor in January. He signed a new agreement with the station March 15 at a "significantly reduced" salary, the suit says.
According to the breach-of-contract suit, Lake's agreement allows him to terminate the deal on 60 days' written notice to accept an anchor position at a station in one of the country's 25 largest markets or at a network.