After more than 15 years as KTVX's sports anchor, Steve Brown will be leaving the station at the end of May.

"I just needed a change of pace and a change of scenery after almost 20 years doing this and almost 16 years at Ch. 4," Brown said. "It's a burnout business in television. And I've been at it for a long time."The sportscaster hasn't made any plans, except to take the summer off and spend a month in England, where he was born.

"I just want to see what options are available," he said. "I'm really not sure what I'll do.

The grind of working nights has also taken its toll.

"My oldest son is almost 17 and I've been doing this for longer than that," Brown said. "I've got two other boys and I want to spend more time with them and with my wife."

In a business where even the most rancorous departures are often described as amicable, Brown's resignation was not the result of his being forced out.

"It was a surprise to me, it really was," said KTVX news director John Edwards. "We knew Steve had been thinking about doing something else, but we wanted him to remain."

The station had offered the sportscaster a new 12-month contract in January. Brown admits he wanted a longer-term deal, but said his leaving was not the result of a dispute.

But that departure leaves Edwards looking for a new sports anchor. Current No. 2 man is "certainly the leading candidate" to replace Brown, "but I'm going to look and see what's out there," Edwards said.