June 20, 2010

Greetings, and Happy Father’s Day:

Promotions, promotions, promotions are the key word in this week’s report.  There are  TWO new openings this week, and TWO new news directors to introduce you to….and three of those four moves resulted from promotions.

We also have a handful of new news management openings, as well as a paid ad for an Assistant ND opening in Cincinnati.

I considered changing the name of “Names in the News” to “News Directors in Court”, but only two of our items involve courtrooms.  On the positive front, we have a link to the complete list of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award winners.  Congratulations to Belo, whose KHOU-TV (in Houston) and KTVB-TV (in Boise) won the awards for Overall Excellence.

Details on these items and more, after this week’s changes:




KSFY-TV, Sioux Falls, SD…JOHN SHELBY has left this Hoak Media owned NBC affiliate after three years as ND.  John’s also been an ND in Waterloo, IA, Green Bay, and Pasco, WA, and has also worked in Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, OH, Buffalo, Lansing, Las Vegas, and Joplin and Columbia, MO.

WCTV, Tallahassee, FL..congratulations to longtime (like 20 years!) VP/News MIKE SMITH who’s being promoted to General Manager of sister-Gray TV station WTVY-TV in Dothan, AL.  Mike’s also worked in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, and Knoxville.  WCTV and WTVY are both CBS affiliates.




News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn…another promotion here finds Assistant ND BERTA CASTANER promoted to GM/ND for this Cablevision owned 24 hour news operation.  She’s been the Assistant ND here for the past few months, and previously was VP/News for the Telemundo station group.  Berta also was the EP for Senior EP for Telemundo’s network news, an ND for Telemundo stations in Chicago and Puerto Rico, and was a producer for WABC-TV in New York.  She replaces LEESA DILLON who left in March after more than two years here.

KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA…congratulations as well to longtime Pittsburgh newswoman ANNE LINABERGER who’s been promoted to News Director for this CBS o-and-o.  She’s been the interim ND since COLEEN MARREN left in April after nine months to return to Connecticut as ND for WTIC-TV in Hartford.  Anne’s been the Assistant ND for KDKA for about five years, and EP of Special Projects before that.  She previously worked for WTAE-TV and several radio stations in Pittsburgh, and also worked as an anchor/reporter/producer in Clarksburg, WV.

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To Apply: http://scripps.com/careers/jobsearch.html (requistion #1709)

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Assistant News Director is responsible for the gathering, production and distribution of news content on multiple platforms.

  • Manage day to day news operation for distribution to multiple platforms.
  • Create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas for multiple platforms.
  • Lead coverage planning of major events, i.e. elections, special events.
  • Proactively communicate news initiatives across departments.
  • Evaluate workflow efficiencies.
  • Assist News Director in managing the budgetary aspects of newsroom operations.
  • Responsible for hiring and performance management of direct reports.
  • Assist News Director in the on-going evaluation of personnel.
  • Implement and have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations.
  • Write copy, edit and post scripts for multiple platforms.
  • Schedule anchors to manage overtime.
  • Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements:

    • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office.
    • Broad understanding of newsroom operations and equipment.
    • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
    • Advanced oral and written communication skills
    • May supervise a mid-size team (5-15) of professional individual contributors; may also indirectly supervise support staff.
    • May spend up to 20% of time as an individual contributor performing assignments that require a higher level of experience or technical expertise than subordinates.
    • Typically requires BS/BA in related discipline.
    • Generally 5+ years experience in related field including managerial experience.
    • Responsible for or makes major contribution to development of operating plans and budgets.
    • Primary input to hiring, firing, performance, and rewards decisions, perhaps assisted by subordinate team leaders or senior individual.
    • Primary contribution is managing other people.
    • Manages part of a department or team of exempt professional individual contributors and associated support staff.
    • Responsible for functional area.
    • May manage processes through service providers or indirect reports.

    Television station WCPO is an equally opportunity employer.

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    KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 4/30/10)
    WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 6/13/10, see ad above!)
    WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (new listing this week)
    WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (listed 5/31/10)
    WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY (listed 3/27/10)
    WDSU-TV, New Orelans, LA (listed 4/23/10)
    WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (new opening this week)
    KECI/KCFW/KTVM, Missoula, MT (listed 5/31/10)


    KYW-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 6/4/10)
    The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 4/9/10)
    KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/14/10)
    KTVT-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (Special Projects EP, listing revised 4/18/10)
    KPTV, Portland, OR (two openings, one is EP/Special Proj., listing revised 1/29/10)
    KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Morning EP, listed 5/31/10)
    WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, listed 4/23/10)
    WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (listed 3/27/10)
    WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (relisted 5/7/10)
    KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, listed 3/27/10)
    WTLV/WJXX, Jacksonville, FL (listed 5/21/10)
    WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (listed 3/5/10)
    KJRH-TV, Tulsa, OK (listed 5/31/10)
    KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, new listing this week)
    KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (Morning EP, listed 6/13/10)
    KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX (listed 3/19/10)
    WSAV-TV, Savannah, GA (listed 4/30/10)
    WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (listed 3/5/10)
    WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC (listed 4/2/10)
    WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (listed 4/23/10)


    KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/14/10)


    KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 5/14/10)

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    Longtime News Director JEFF ALAN (legal name: JEFF ALAN BRENT) pleaded guilty last week to three felony charges and is headed to jail.  Click here for details from The Oregonian, where you’ll also find links to a series of article the paper produced.  Under the name Jeff Alan, he served as a news director in Portland, OR, Houston, St. Louis, Memphis, and several other markets.



    Former WPIX-TV (New York) News Director KAREN SCOTT has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the station, seeking 4.5 million dollars in damages.  She claims she was terminated because of her age, and alleged prominent on-air people faced the same discrimination.  The New York Daily News has the story in this article.

    Former Nashville and Charlotte ND VICKI MONTET is now working for CNN Newsource Sales/Affiliate Relations as a Senior Director.  She’s been on the job there since March.  Vicki also worked for Gannett in Atlanta for several years, and earlier in her career worked in Jacksonville, FL.

    MurrowLogo Final (2)Congratulations to Houston’s KHOU-TV and KTVB-TV in Boise, ID. Both stations were honored with Overall Excellence Awards in the large and small market categories in this year’s RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards.  A total of 59 news gathering organizations won Murrow Awards in 89 categories.  A complete list of the winners is here.

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    Here’s our list of all the stations currently looking for an ND, as of June 20, 2010.

    If you know of any changes, additions, corrections, or deletions, please let me know via email:  rick@rickgevers.com

    KVEA-TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave.             Los Angeles, CA 91523 ***
    KNBC-TV 3000 W. Alameda Ave          Los Angeles, CA 91523
    New England Cable News 160 Wells Ave. Newton MA 02459
    KIAH-TV, 7700 Westpark Dr.                     Houston, TX 77063
    WXYZ-TV   20777 W. 10 Mile Road           Southfield MI 48037
    KCPQ-TV    1813 Westlake Ave.  N.         Seattle, WA 98109
    WZTV-TV   631 Mainstream Drive             Nashville TN 37228
    WBNS-TV 770 Twin Rivers Dr.                Columbus OH 43215
    WAVY-TV 300 Wavy St.                              Portsmouth VA 23705
    WFMY-TV 1615 Phillips Avenue                Greensboro NC 27405
    WTEN-TV   341 Northern Blvd.                   Albany, NY 12204
    KMSB-TV 1855 N. 6th Ave.                         Tuscon, AZ 85705
    WNWO-TV   300 S. Byrne Rd.                    Toledo OH 43615
    WGME-TV 81 Northport Drive                  Portland, ME 04103
    WJHL-TV 338 E. Main St.                           Johnson City TN 37601
    WCTV 1800 Halstead Blvd.               Tallahassee FL 32309
    KIVI-TV 1866 E. Chisolm Dr.                     Boise ID 83687
    KTRV-TV 1 Sixth St. N.                               Boise ID 83687
    KSFY-TV 300 N. Dakota Ave. #100     Sioux Falls SD 57104
    WGXA-TV 599 Martin Luther King        Macon GA 31201
    WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                            Macon GA 31208
    KECI/KTVM/KCFW 340 W. Main St.    Missoula MT 59802
    KJCT-TV 8 Foresight Dr.                            Grand Junction, CO 81505
    KLDO-TV 226 Bob Bullock Loop                Laredo, TX 78040
    KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                Laredo TX 78045

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