Noncompete Clauses Get Tighter in TV Newsrooms

From a New York Times story by Lydia DePillis headlined “Noncompete Clauses Get Tighter, and TV Newsrooms Feel the Grip”:

Of all the professions, perhaps none is more commonly bound by contracts that define where else an employee can go work than local television news.

The restrictions, known as noncompete clauses, have been a condition of the job for reporters, anchors, sportscasters and meteorologists for decades. More recently, they’ve spread to off-air roles like producers and editors — positions that often pay just barely above the poverty line — and they keep employees from moving to other stations in the same market for up to a year after their contract ends.