December 1, 2013
Our report is delayed this week by holiday travel, and, as you might expect from a holiday-shortened week, is a little slow on ND movement. We have ONE new ND to tell you about, with, to my knowledge, NO new openings.
History says that might change now that the rating period is over.
That one move means our list of open ND positions remains at 20.
We do have a rare ad for a General Manager position (for a network affiliate in a top 35 market). There’s another ad for a corporate news management position for Nexstar Broadcasting, and two ads for a station expanding its digital presence in a gorgeous place to live.
In Names in the News, a retirement for a 35 year veteran of the Los Angeles market, a close call for a retired ND, and some GM news, as well.
All that and more, below:
New News Director Opening:
None that I know of. If you know of one, please let me know via email: email@example.com
Newly Named News Director:
KDAF-TV, Dallas, TX…STEVE SIMON will be the next ND for this Tribune-owned CW affiliate, according to longtime Dallas media critic ED BARK. Here’s a link to his report. DENISE KILLIAN had been running this news department here before departing to become ND at KSNW-TV in Wichita.
Paid Help Wanted Ads:
General Manager, WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI:
Weigel Broadcasting, the privately-held leader in digital television innovation, is looking for a proven winner to lead its Milwaukee properties.
Led by fast growing CBS58, Weigel’s other Milwaukee properties include: independent WMLW; Telemundo Wisconsin; Me-TV, the country’s most successful digital network, as well as Movies! and This! TV.
The successful candidate for VP/ General Manager will take our properties to the next level, unencumbered by corporate red tape and backed by the latest technology and innovation. We are looking for a leader who can motivate and inspire a diverse, creative and winning team. If you are someone who embraces change and loves new technology then apply in confidence to Corporate Director of Human Resources Martin Varghese: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an equal opportunity employer.
Director of Local Content Development, Nexstar Broadcasting:
Nexstar Broadcasting Group is seeking an accomplished news manager to help lead local content initiatives across the group.
The position of Director of Local Content Development-West Region will work with our growing portfolio of stations to advance our strong multi-platform approach by providing leadership with our broadcast news products, web and mobile content initiatives, and in social media engagement. Position will work closely with the Operations team to build on our Company’s approach to “Local” while working with our Co-Chief Operating Officers and Senior Vice Presidents on projects, brand development and market evaluations.
Content is the key to drive “Local” and the development of group wide content initiatives growing ratings and revenue will be essential across all local markets. At Nexstar, we have a great team that believes in the quality of our local product. We are looking for an experienced news leader to complement our team and contribute to our growing portfolio of stations. Ideal candidate should have at minimum 5 years of News Management experience.
Travel is required.
The position will be based at the company’s headquarters in Irving, Texas.
You can learn more about the duties and responsibilities and apply by clicking here.
Digital Director, WJCL/WTGS-TV, Savannah, GA:
Lin Media is expanding its digital content footprint with the ABC and Fox affiliates in one of the most beautiful DMA’s in the country, Savannah, GA/Hilton Head South Carolina. The Digital Director will lead the development and execution of our digital strategy. Our mission is to be the market leading local multimedia company and advertiser’s preferred choice for innovative and relevant content on all platforms. This is an exceptional opportunity to work with one of the broadcast television industry’s leader in digital development, our parent company LIN Media.
The DD will manage WJCL’s brand extension via digital platforms, the operation of our digital portfolio and is responsible for achieving traffic goals. This is a department head position and will be expected to perform the duties associated with managing a department.
The successful candidate will have the ability to visualize strategy in an ever-changing dynamic media landscape through behavioral analysis, customer need identification, business opportunity/challenge evaluation and investment/returns quantification. The successful candidate must also be able to maintain focus on key performance indicators as well as “big picture” results within a rapidly changing, dynamic environment. Must also have the ability to maintain presence and composure, adjust effectively to new technologies and have the ability to use appropriate interaction skills and methods to guide, train and educate individuals or groups to achieve results.
Qualifications include: management experience, technical knowledge of information architecture, data management, systems and programming languages as applied to the digital landscape.
Send to HR@wjcl.com
No phone calls please. EOE
Digital Executive Producer, WJCL/WTGS-TV, Savannah, GA:
Lin Media is expanding its digital content footprint with the ABC and Fox affiliates in one of the most beautiful DMA’s in the country, Savannah, GA/Hilton Head SC. We have historic cities, beautiful geography, beaches near-by and very mild winters. LinMedia is one of the most progressive media companies in the business and is investing in Savannah in its properties, its people and its communities.
The DEP will be responsible for developing and coordinating editorial content on our digital platforms. The ideal candidate should be a great communicator who is well versed in social media strategy and completely comfortable with the digital lifestyle. An understanding of analytics and what users want in a successful website will be expected.
Degree in journalism; daily newspaper or news site experience required; live, working Web samples and/or print pages preferred; proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Basic HTML preferred; CSS, Flash and other relevant technology skills a big plus; written and verbal communication skills; monitor and post of relevant content utilizing Twitter, Facebook, and a variety of other social media networks; understanding of design for content management systems, usability and accessibility practice and customer focus are essential.
Send to HR@wjcl.com
No phone calls please. EOE
EP, Medical News, Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Orlando, FL:
Are you an inspired, creative and experienced television news manager, producer or reporter who has a passion for producing news stories that change lives? Do you want your stories aired on 100 TV stations across the country with the potential to be seen by 50 million viewers? Ivanhoe is looking for the right person to join our medical team and travel the world to produce stories that impact millions.
Ivanhoe Broadcast News is a nationally syndicated television news service. We cover medical breakthroughs, family health and news of interest to women. You must have at least 3 – 5 years experience as an anchor, reporter, news manager, field producer, or special projects producer in a top 70 market and be willing to move to Orlando. If you thrive on reporting life-changing news and putting an element of “wow” into every story, you’re the one we’re looking for. Candidates must have outstanding writing, copy editing, graphic sense and organizational skills. Being able to tell a great story through video is paramount to this job.
The EP will be responsible for overseeing a news team in-house, as well as a group of field producers nationwide. You will be responsible for producing exciting stories of your own with leading experts around the country.
Salary range: $45,000 to $60,000, plus benefits.
No phone calls.
Other News Management Openings:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 11/24/13)
KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (relisted 11/24/13)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 11/3/13)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (listed 11/24/13)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (2: AM & Spec. Projects, listing revised 10/4/13)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM & PM openings, relisted 10/4/13)
WFLA-TV, Tampa. FL (relisted 11/24/13)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (AM EP, listed 10/19/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 11/9/13)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 11/3/13)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (AM EP, listed 10/19/13)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (PM EP, relisted 11/24/13)
WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (listed 10/11/13)
KATV, Little Rock, AR (AM EP, listed 10/19/13)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (listed 10/11/13)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Morning EP, listed 11/9/13)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (Morning EP, listed 10/18/13)
KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA (relisted 11/9/13)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (Digital EP, listed 10/25/13)
WJCL/WTGS-TV, Savannah, GA (Digital EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:
KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 10/11/13)
WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (Assistant News Ops. Mgr, listed 11/9/13)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 11/3/13)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (new listing this week)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 11/9/13)
We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.
Names in the News:
After almost 35 years at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, EARNEST “ERNIE” THORNTON retired last Wednesday as the Assistant ND there. He came up through the producer ranks at this ABC o-and-o.
LAURA SLAWNY joins KNXV-TV in Phoenix as the Dayside EP. She used to work as an EP at KPNX-TV in Phoenix before stepping down about a year ago to care for a sick parent. She’s also worked in Jacksonville, FL, and for two stations in Peoria.
Old friend BOB BRUNNER is on the mend after a too-close brush with the Grim Reaper. Bob spent three days in intensive care, and three more in another unit after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Bob worked for many years as an ND in Charleston-Huntington, WV, served as an ND in Montgomery and Oak Hill, WV, and also worked in Knoxville. He’s a past President of RTNDA (now called Chairman). His email: email@example.com
Veteran broadcaster DOUG GEALY, who’s held corporate roles at ACME Communications and Benedek Broadcasting, joins Sinclair Broadcasting as a Group Manager. He’ll oversee the company’s stations in Washington, DC, Raleigh, and Richmond. He’s also been a GM in Columbus, OH and Peoria.
JOE COOK is retiring as GM of WVUE-TV in New Orleans, just days after the locally owned station entered into a shared services agreement with Raycom Media. This was Joe’s second stint at GM of the FOX affiliate.
Our Full List of ND Openings:
Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, December 1, 2013:
If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KTTV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
KUVN-TV 2323 Bryan St. # 1900 Dallas, TX 75201 *
WXYZ-TV 20777 W. 10 Mile Road Southfield MI 48037
WFLA-TV 200 S. Parker St. Tampa FL 33606
WVIT-TV 1422 New Britain Avenue West Hartford, CT 06110
KSAT-TV 1408 N. Saint Mary’s San Antonio TX 78215
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216 *
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40203
WALA-TV 1501 Satchel Paige Blvd. Mobile AL 36606
WKEF/WRGT-TV 45 Broadcast Plaza Dayton OH 45408
WHEC-TV 191 East Ave. Rochester NY 14604
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
WTXL-TV 1620 Commerce Blvd Midway FL 32343
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323 Tyler TX 75701
WJHG-TV, 8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808
WLIO-TV 1424 Rice Ave. Lima OH 45805
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
* Spanish language station