November 29, 2009

December 3, 2009 UPDATE:



JONATHAN MITCHELL has been named Vice President of News for KNTV, the Comcast/NBC o-and-o in the San Jose/San Francisco market.  Jonathan has been the ND for KHQ-TV in Spokane for the last four years, and spent two years as the ND for WNWO-TV before that.  He’s also worked in Cincinnati and Medford, OR.  He replaces SUSAN SULLIVAN who left the station in September to return home as ND for WNBC-TV in New York.

We’ll have more on a busy week of ND changes in our next full newsletter tomorrow.

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Welcome to a slightly delayed Thanksgiving edition of your weekly newsletter covering news director and news manager moves.

As you might expect from a holiday week, it’s pretty slow, but we do have some items for you.

There are  TWO new news directors to tell you about, and one of those new NDs created the  ONE new opening to tell you about. That means we show 25 stations looking for a new ND.

Also this week, we have  THREE ads for you.  (Patronize our advertisers!)

There’s a new EP opening in a top five market, and for the second consecutive week, no items for Names in the News.

All that and more follow this week’s changes:


WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL…PETER ROGHAAR is leaving this Scripps/NBC affiliate to move across the state to be the ND for WTSP-TV in Tampa.  More on that move below.  Peter’s been the ND here since 2000.




WTSP-TV, Tampa, FL…as mentioned above, PETER ROGHAAR has been named Director of News and Information for this Gannett-owned CBS affiliate.  In addition to his 9+ years as ND in West Palm Beach, Peter’s also worked in Austin, TX, Boston, Miami, and Atlanta, where he was the Assistant ND for Gannett’s WXIA-TV before moving to West Palm Beach.  At WTSP, he replaces longtime Gannett employee DARREN RICHARDS, who resigned in October after 4 1/2 years as ND to work for a Tampa PR firm.

KALB/NALB-TV, (yes, you read that right) Alexandria, LA…KEITH WEISS will be the next ND for this Hoak Media owned NBC/CBS duopoly.  (KALB/NBC airs on digital channel 5.1, NALB/CBS airs on 5.2, and both are available over the air and on cable.)  Keith most recently was EP and News Planning Manager for KXAS-TV in Ft. Worth/Dallas.  He’s also worked in Augusta, Ga.  He replaces MICHELLE GODDARD who was promoted to GM in September after almost nine years as ND.

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Fisher Communications is looking for a dynamic, energetic and passionate person to lead the KIDK television newsroom in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

This hands-on leader will mentor reporters, put together schedules and prepare budgets. The News Director will also oversee day-to-day news and weather coverage – along with special projects.

Previous News Director experience is preferred, but not required. An exceptional Assistant News Director, Managing Editor or Executive Producer will be considered.

Please send resume to:

News Director
KIDK Television
1255 E. 17th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Or email:

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Position Summary:

Oversee daily news operations including content choices, story selection, and crew assignments.  This position will oversee photographers, reporters, the assignment desk, and Special Projects.  This position will also do newsroom scheduling and provide coaching for on air performance and on air quality.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage daily news operations and content
  • Manage and coach reporters, photographers, and assignment editors
  • Scheduling
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Make presentations upon understanding client needs using Powerpoint, positioning the benefits of working with us, closing the business.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications – All must be met to be considered.

BA or BS in Communications, Journalism or related field.  3+ years Newscast producing experience.  3+ years News management experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Detailed knowledge of current events and issues.
  • Journalistic principles as they apply to daily news reporting and longer-term investigative reporting.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage a number of people and projects on a variety of deadlines.
  • Interviewing, writing and producing skills.
  • Advanced Copy Editing skills.
  • Detailed knowledge or understanding of digital news gathering technology, including editing systems, web content, I.P. based video delivery systems, and other emerging technologies.

Please apply at under careers.

Meredith Corporation, KPTV-FOX 12/PDX TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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WAFB-TV, the dominant CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, LA, has an immediate opening for an Assistant News Director. The successful candidate will have the ability to manage a newsroom of dedicated journalists at the top rated news station in the market.

Our 10pm newscast averages a 40 share!   We are searching for a newsroom leader who can continue to guide our success and commitment to being Louisiana’s News Channel.

Mail resume and cover letter to:

Anita Crouch, Human Resources
844 Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

or email to:

No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V

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WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (listed 11/14/09)
WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 11/14/09)
WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (listed 9/12/09)
WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (listed 11/21/09, see ad above!)


KTVT-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (AM EP, new listing this week)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (Special Projects, listed 9/18/09)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listed 8/28/09)
WTFS-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, listed 11/21/09)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 9/4/09)
WOFL-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 8/28/09)
KXTV,    Sacramento, CA (AM EP, relisted 9/25/09)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (listed 11/14/09)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (AM EP, listed 8/28/09)
WPEC-TV, West Palm Beach, FL (relisted 9/18/09)
WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (listed 8/7/09)
KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City, OK (AM EP, listed 11/14/09)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 10/2/09)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL listed 8/28/09)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 9/18/09)
WPTA/WISE, Ft. Wayne, IN (listed 8/14/09)


KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR (listed 11/21/09, see ad above!)

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have an ND opening, as of Sunday, November 29, 2009.

And if you know of updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at:

KNBC-TV   3000 W. Alameda Ave.            Burbank CA 91523
KNTV      2450 North First St.            San Jose CA 95131
NewsChannel 8  1100 Wilson Blvd.          Arlington VA 22209
WXYZ-TV   20777 W. 10 Mile Road           Southfield MI 48037
KUVS-TV   1710 Arden Way                  Sacramento CA 95815 ***
WZTV-TV   631 Mainstream Drive            Nashville TN 37228
KTVX-TV 2175 W. 1700 South     Salt Lake City UT 84104
WPTV, 1100 Banyan Blvd.,     W. Palm Beach, FL 33401
WWMT-TV   590 W. Maple St.                Kalamazoo MI 49008
WBRE-TV   62 S. Franklin                  Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
KSEE-TV   5035 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WFTX-TV   621 SW Pine Island Rd.          Cape Coral FL 33991
WNWO-TV   300 S. Byrne Rd.                Toledo OH 43615
4225 W. Henrietta Rochester NY 14623
WHEC-TV, 191 East Ave,                    Rochester, NY 14604
KSPR-TV   999 W. Sunshine St.           Springfield MO 65807
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
WQAD-TV, 3003 Park 16th St.        Moline, IL 61265
KRNV-TV   1790 Vassar St.                 Reno NV 89502
WPBN/WTOM-TV 8518 M 72 West               Traverse City MI 49684
KHBS/KHOG-TV 2809 Ajax Avenue, # 200      Rogers AR 72758
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
WWAY-TV   615 N. Front St.                Wilmington NC 28401
KMIR-TV, 72920 Parkview Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260
KIDK-TV 1255 E.17th St. Idaho Falls, ID 83404
(See ad above!)

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