NEWS

September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 UPDATE:

Due to travel, we’re a little tardy posting two UPDATES that we emailed earlier this afternoon.

Remington

In Phoenix, KTVK-TV News Director BRAD REMINGTON announced his resignation this morning.  He’ll leave the station after the elections and by the end of the year.  Brad told me it’s primarily a family decision.  He plans to return to Denver, where is wife is a principal at a private school.  They’ve been doing the commuter thing for the four years that Brad’s been ND for this Belo-owned independent station.  He’s previously been an ND  in Denver (KDVR-TV), St. Louis (KTVI-TV), and Albuquerque (KOB-TV), and earlier worked for another station in Denver.

Owen

In Cincinnati, WLWT-TV ND STACY OWEN is leaving to return to California as Assistant ND for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.  Stacy’s been ND for this Hearst owned NBC affiliate for the past three years.  But she spent most of her career in California, including 14 years in a variety of roles at KRON-TV in San Francisco, three as ND.  And she was ND at KXTV in Sacramento for three years.

Greetings:

It was nice to see some of you at RTDNA this week. Kudos to Scripps, SJL and (apologies to those I’ve missed) other companies who sent all their NDs to the conference.

We have TWO newly named NDs in this week’s report, with FOUR new openings. Our complete list thus shows 29 stations with open ND jobs.

The demand for non ND news managers continues with SIX new ads for Ass’t. NDs and EPs in a wide range of market sizes. We even have a producer opening at the Weather Channel. along with a rare blind box ad for a Creative Services Director. (Help a friend and pass that information along to them.)

No taker again this week on our free Situation Wanted listing. If you’re looking for a new job, check out how you can participate below. In Names in the News, some management addition at a San Diego station, and TWO GM moves, including one involving a former news director.

New News Director Openings:

WWSB-TV, Sarasota, FL…GENE ROSS has left this Calkins Media owned ABC affiliate after more than two years as ND. Gene’s a former ND in Las Vegas, Jacksonville, FL, Fresno, Bakersfield and Albany, NY. His departure comes shortly after a new GM joined WWSB.

KTHV-TV, Little Rock, AR…CHUCK MAULDEN is leaving this Gannett owned CBS station after almost five years as ND.  Chuck will be at the station until the end of October.  He previously had been the News Operations Manager at Gannett’s KSDK-TV in St. Louis. He began his career as a photojournalist in Jonesboro, AR, and also worked as a photographer in Little Rock and Birmingham.

Newly Named News Directors:

Silverstein

WPMT-TV, Harrisburg/Lancaster/York, PA…veteran newsman DAVID SILVERSTEIN returns to the market as ND for this Tribune owned FOX affiliate. He’s been working at the Pentagon Channel as Assistant ND and Director of Marketing and Distribution. David worked with the Miami Super Bowl committee before that, and has been and ND at WAMI-TV in Miami, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, and WSYX/WTTE-TV in Columbus, OH. He began his career as a production assistant at WGAL-TV in Lancaster. He replaces CHRIS HOLDEN who left in June (after 3 1/2 years as ND) for a job with Magic Dust TV in Phoenix.

KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO…it was announced Friday that DAVID RANDALL will start Tuesday as the new ND for this Cordillera Broadcasting owned NBC affiliate. He’s been a news manager in Corpus Christi and El Paso. He replaces MICHAEL LANGLEY whose last day at the station was Friday. He was ND there for 11 months.

Picken

WTVO/WQRF-TV, Rockford, IL…another veteran ND, SCOTT PICKEN, is joining this Nexstar-owned ABC/Fox duopoly. Earlier in his career Scott worked as ND for WREX-TV in Rockford with current WTVO GM JON SKORBURG. He’s a former ND in Omaha, Honolulu, Boise, and Fort Smith, and has worked in Green Bay and Kansas City. Scott replaces KENT HARRELL who’s being promoted to ND of a Nexstar station in Green Bay.

Walters

KNOE-TV, Monroe, LA…BOB WALTERS is the new ND here. Bob’s a former news director for WTVW/WEHT in Evansville, IL, a job he left in June after 12 years as ND for WTVW and one year as ND of the duopoly.  He’s a former ND in Clarksburg, WV, and has worked in Cadillac, MI, Austin, TX, and Carbondale, IL.  At KNOE he replaces MARLA GILCREASE who left this Hoak Media owned CBS affiliate back in December.

Help Wanted Ads: 

Executive Producer, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA:

OVERVIEW:
This position is responsible for all aspects of overseeing and producing live programming.

DUTIES:

• Determine daily editorial content, overall production elements, graphic support and contributions from in-house experts, reporters, bureaus and affiliate partners.
• Supervise, coordinate, schedule, teach, guide, coach and work hand in hand with individual show producers and associate producers.
• Work with behind-the-scenes and on-camera meteorologist to develop daily, short-term and long-term story ideas and graphics.
• Approve scripts for studio copy and pre-produced packages and series, and live content from field reporters and meteorologists.
• During live programming: manage control room and live shots—possibly from multiple locations—while communicating with in-house meteorologists for excellent coverage.
• Create graphical content specifically tailored for Pixel touch-screen and virtual space.
• Brainstorm and create new franchises and sponsorship opportunities for TV, web.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• 10-15 years experience in live television news production
• At least 5 years experience managing a staff
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, or related subject preferred.
• At least 5 years of control room experience producing live news programs that contain live remote elements.
• Must be able to work in a team environment with minimum supervision.
• Advanced knowledge of computer newsroom systems
• A strong interest in weather and a comprehensive understanding of how it affects people.

EEOC Statement
The Weather Channel is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, the presence of non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any legally protected status.

Apply online at weather.com/careers

Assistant News Director, KING-TV, Seattle, WA:

KING 5 TV, the number one station in the Pacific Northwest, is seeking an Assistant News Director. Responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of KING TV/KONG TV in the production, organization, and distribution of news and local content across multiple platforms. Works closely with the Executive News Director, Executive Producers, and other newsroom staff to execute the daily news gathering plan. Works closely with the Executive News Director in establishing and implementing the editorial strategy and philosophy. Provides overall leadership to quality journalism including creating interesting and compelling newscasts, sweeps planning, and special project assignments. Provides direct supervision to reporters and the consumer investigative team. Uses technology and innovation to manage the delivery of content that is thorough, accurate, relevant, and timely.

College degree with minimum five years’ newsroom management experience preferred. Previous experience as a news executive producer also preferred. Must possess excellent leadership and communication skills to motivate a staff of creative professionals in a competitive environment. Must have strong organizational, writing, and computer skills; ability to inspire collaboration across multiple teams; and make quick, editorially sound decisions. Must have experience with social media and digital journalism.

KING TV is a subsidiary of Belo Corp. Belo is one of the top media companies in the country and provides a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k), paid time off, and free parking.

If qualified, please send a copy of your resume, and a cover letter, via email to:
hr@king5.com

or mail to:

KING 5 TV
Attn: HR Dept.
#K12R26
333 Dexter Ave. N.,
Seattle, WA 98109. EOE

Assistant News Director, WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL:

WFTS-TV, an E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate is searching for an Assistant News Director to help lead our award winning team. Ideal candidate will have 10 years news management experience, Executive Producer background in large market preferred.

The Assistant News Director is responsible for the production and distribution of news content on multiple platforms.  Lead 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  Work closely with the TV producers to enhance and showcase the presentation of daily newscasts and program specials  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, stories and video for multiple platforms  Schedule anchors to manage coverage  Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws  Perform other duties as assigned

Skills:  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

Education/Experience:  Requires BS/BA in related discipline  Minimum 10 years experience in related field including managerial experience. Medium to large market experience strongly preferred.

Scripps Media, Inc., certifies that its advertising sales agreements do not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity. All advertising sales agreements contain nondiscrimination clauses.

Apply online at: www.scripps.com/careers

 

Morning Executive Producer, WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD:

ABC2 in Baltimore is searching for an Executive Producer for Good Morning Maryland, a two and a half hour jam packed newscast with no guest segments to slow things down. The ideal candidate is creative, has high energy, an excellent writer, aggressive in breaking news, good at digging for stores and a true newsroom leader. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the content and showcasing across multiple platforms. Other duties and requirements:
Coordinate the content and presentation across multiple platforms.
Enhance and support content with graphics, video and station branding.
Review content for multiple platforms.
Supervise pre-production to ensure quality and ethical standards and coordination between Control Room and design staff.
Supervise the writing of content, including but not limited to teases and web headlines.
Manage schedules, overtime and performance for assigned direct reports, including but not limited to yearly reviews.
Monitor web analytics on a daily basis to enhance user experience, site stickiness and engagement.
Post content to station’s web sites.
Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws.
Create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas for multiple platforms .
Have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations.
Work with other departments to accomplish the objectives of the station.
3-5 years’ experience as Sr. Producer or EP.
Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Apply on line at www.scripps.com/careers
EEO
Scripps Media, Inc., certifies that its advertising sales agreements do not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity. All advertising sales agreements contain nondiscrimination clauses.

Assistant News Director, KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR:

KEZI 9 News, the ABC affiliate in Eugene, Oregon, is looking for a hands-on Assistant News Director to oversee the day-to-day newsroom operations and guide coverage across all platforms. This position requires a strong journalist to lead and mentor our team of reporters, producers, photographers and anchors in producing compelling content on-air, online and on-the-go.
Prior management experience is a plus, but this also is a great opportunity for a producer or assignment editor in a medium or large market to earn their management stripes. Four year college/university degree in Journalism or Communications required.

KEZI 9 News has been locally owned and operated for more than fifty years. We are the first and only local broadcaster producing news in High Definition. Our station sits in the heart of Western Oregon`s wine country and is just a short drive away from the beautiful Oregon coast. Want to enjoy some great skiing this winter? Drive east about an hour and you`ll find yourself on the slopes. We have a vibrant arts community to enjoy and one of the best college football teams in the country to root for!

Email cover letter, resume, references, salary history and link to your resume reel to:

Mark Hatfield
Managing Director of News & Programming
Chambers Communications Corp.
markhatfield@kezi.com

No phone calls, please.

A pre-employment drug screen is required. You must possess or be able to obtain a valid Oregon drivers license. KEZI 9 News is an equal opportunity employer.

Producer, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA:

Overview:

This position will be responsible for producing live and recorded programming including writing for weather news shows, packages and all elements necessary for the live coverage of severe weather events.

Qualifications:

  • -Five to seven years in television experience, with a minimum of 3 years as Producer of live news programming in a major market
  • -Four-year college degree or equivalent in proven industry experience.
  • -Control room experience producing live news programs that contain live remote elements.
  • -Knowledge of television production techniques including newsroom, studio, line, and field production methods and equipment

Skills:

  • -Editorially mature with solid news judgment and the ability to create in-depth, visually exciting programs or weather news programs.
  • -Proven writing ability, a vision for graphics, and a passion for memorable, creative content
  • -Ability to use all production tools available to produce original content and enhance storytelling
  • -Self starter able to build segments and develop story ideas from conception to air
  • -A strong leader in the control room with the ability to handle breaking news/weather situations
  • -Ability to adapt to different show styles or concepts as needed
  • -Outstanding leadership and communication skills, plus the ability to work well with others in stressful situations
  • -Knowledge of digital editing systems

Duties:

  • -Builds show rundown
  • -Oversees & executes the production of show video and graphics needs
  • -Makes editorial decisions & guides anchors/on camera meteorologists, APs and technical staff in the control room.

EEOC Statement
The Weather Channel is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, the presence of non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any legally protected status.

Apply online at weather.com/careers

Assistant ND/Executive Prod., WLNE-TV, Providence, RI:

ABC6, WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island is looking for an Assistant News Director-Executive Producer.

Candidate must have 4 years producing experience, have excellent creative and editorial judgment, excellent writing skills and be able to handle deadline pressure. Candidate must also adapt well to changing events and be a self-starter, able to manage a diverse group of employees and personalities while consistently developing fast-paced, graphic-intensive newscasts with live and local elements.

Send tape and resume (stating referring source) to: amenard@abc6.com

or to:

Human Resources
WLNE-TV / ABC6
10 Orms Street
Providence RI 02904

Closes 9/24/12. EOE

**** ***** ****

Blind Ad, Creative Services Dir., Top 80 Midwest Market:

Seeking an energetic Creative Services Director for a top 80 Midwest Market!

This position will develop strategic planning and brand management for the television station.

In addition to brand management, image, program and website promotion, the Creative Services Director will also implement contesting, texting promotions, sales support campaigns, special partnerships, and community affairs projects. They will also plan and execute outside marketing efforts for the television station including Facebook, Twitter and grass roots marketing initiatives. This is a hands-on position that writes, shoots, and edits. Programming experience is a plus.

To apply, please send a resume and video link of your work to: 2012mediajobs@gmail.com

EEO

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KING-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 9/14/12, see new ad this week above!)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (listed 8/5/12)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 9/14/12)
KVUE-TV, Austin, TX (listed 9/1/12)
WLNE-TV, Providence, RI (listed 9/14/12, see ad above!)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI (listed 8/12/12)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (listed 7/13/12)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (relisted 9/14/12)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 8/5/12)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KTTV/KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, listed 9/14/12)
KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 9/14/12)
KTVT-TV, Dallas, TX (EP of Special Projects/Investigations, listed 9/14/12)
KMSP-TV, Minneapolis/St. Paul. MN (AM EP, listed 7/28/12)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 9/1/12)
KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR (Nightside EP, listed 7/28/12)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, listed 9/1/12)
WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (AM EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Morning EP, relisted 8/12/12)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Special Projects EP, relisted 8/12/12)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 9/14/12)
WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (Nightside EP, listed 8/18/12)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM & PM EPs, listed 8/12/12)
KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 7/20/12)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Evening EP, relisted 9/9/12)
KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA (relisted 8/24/12)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, listing revised 9/14/12)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 9/1/12)
KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO (listed 6/29/12)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted 9/14/12)
KOLO-TV, Reno, NV (Morning EP, listed 8/18/12)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (listed 9/14/12)
KTVT-TV, Dallas, TX (listed 9/14/12)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 9/1/12)

Situations Wanted:

We have no takers this week for this feature.  Our Situations Wanted listings are free. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 100 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:

Two management additions in San Diego: ANDRE BROOKS has joined KGTV as its morning EP. He comes from the Gannett duopoly in Jacksonville, where he was also the morning EP. ELLEN McGREGOR is joining KGTV from fellow Scripps station WEWS-TV in Cleveland as Special Projects Executive Producer.  She will oversee the recently expanded investigative unit, among other things.

Danielson

Pending FCC approval of the station sale, former newsman turned GM MARK DANIELSON will be the next GM of KETY-TV in Santa Barbara. He’s been GM of KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls for the last five years. It’s owned by News Press & Gazette, which is in the process of buying KEYT. Mark’s a former ND in KTVB-TV in Boise, and has worked in newsrooms in Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls.

LINDA DANNA has been named GM of Belo’s WHAS-TV in Louisville. She’s currently the GM of Newport’s KGPE-TV in Fresno. She replaces former ND MARK PIMENTEL who was promoted to Belo’s KMOV-TV in St. Louis.

Our Full List of News Director Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, September 22, 2012.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KVEA-TV 3000 W. Alameda Ave. Burbank CA 91523
WTXF-TV 330 Market St. Philadelphia PA 19106
WRC-TV 4001 Nebraska Ave. NW Washington DC 20016
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
WWSB-TV 1477 10th St. Sarasota, FL 34236
WKYC-TV 1333 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland OH 44114
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
KSHB-TV 4720 Oak Street Kansas City MO 64112
WISN-TV 759 N. 19th St. Milwaukee WI 53233
WSPA-TV 250 International Drive Spartansburg SC 29303
KSNV-TV 1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WTLV/WJXX 1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202
KTHV-TV 720 Izard St. Little Rock 72201
KOTV 302 S. Frankfort St. Tulsa OK 74120
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
KOLR/KOZL 2650 E. Division Springfield MO 65803
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main St. Johnson City TN 37601
WNCT-TV 3221 S. Evans St. Greenville NC 27834
KHGI-TV 13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee FL 32309
KBOI-TV 140 N. 16th St. Boise ID 83702
KQDS-TV 2001 London Rd. Duluth MN 55812
WICU/WSEE 3514 State St. Erie PA 16508
WVNS-TV 141 Old Cline Rd. Ghent WV 25843
WETM-TV 101 E. Water St. Elmira NY 14901
KKCO-TV 2325 Interstate Ave. Grand Junction CO 81505
KGNS-TV 120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
KFBB-TV 3012 Highwoods Blvd. Great Falls MT 59403
KGWN-TV 2923 E. Lincolnway Cheyenne WY 82001