September 24, 2010

September 29, 2010 UPDATE:



BUDD McENTEE, longtime ND at Fox’s WAGA-TV in Atlanta, has announced his retirement, effective this Friday.  Budd’s been at the station for 28 years beginning as a producer, and has been the ND there since 1991.  His retirement comes just a few weeks after a new GM, BILL SCHNEIDER, joined the station.  More details in this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

We’ll have more on this story, and all the week’s changes, in our regular weekly report which may be delayed by travel this week.

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For the first time in 14 years of doing this newsletter, I get to use the word sordid this week.  (Ya’ just don’t get enough chances to use it.)  That’s in Names in the News.

Before you read about what I call a ‘sordid mess’, you’ll read about  TWO new ND’s who were named this week, though they won’t be new to you because we highlighted them in a mid-week UPDATE.  And, to the best of my knowledge, there are  NO new ND openings.

That brings our always unofficial count of ND openings to  25.

We do have a new ad this week from a station with two new management positions in sunny Florida.  That’s below, along with some other, non-sordid items in Names in the News.

But first, details about two newly named NDs:

New News Directors Named:



WFMY-TV, Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC…BOB CLINKINGBEARD has been named ND for this CBS affiliate.  Bob’s been doing media training since he left the ND position at WOFL-TV in Orlando in 2008.  He’s also been an ND for WITI-TV in Milwaukee.  It’s a reunion with Gannett for Bob, who earlier in his career had been the Assistant ND for WUSA-TV in Washington, DC.  He’s also worked in Detroit (twice), Philadelphia, Baltimore, Birmingham, Alexandria, LA, and Columbia, MO.  He replaces JIM PLATZER who left this CBS affiliate in March after less than a year as ND.



WJAR-TV, Providence, RI…readers of a certain age will remember a song by The Who with lyrics that included:  “Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.” That’s the story here as CHRIS LANNI has been promoted to News Director.  Chris is the Content Brand Manager but has overseen the newsroom since BETTY JO CUGINI was laid off in April, 2009 after 8 years as ND and 22 at the station.  Chris now has the title of ND.  He’s a Rhode Island native who worked at WPRI in Providence earlier in his career.  He’s also worked in West Palm Beach and Boston.  WJAR is an NBC affiliate and is owned by Media General.

New News Director Openings:

None that I know of.  Please let me know if you do!

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EP and Managing Editor, WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL

Florida’s top rated station is looking for both an Executive Producer and a Managing Editor.

The EP will work on showcasing, storytelling as well as pacing for the 5p, 6p and 11p.

The Managing Editor is responsible for overseeing day-to-day content for the web, mobile and TV newscasts.

Candidates should have at least five years of experience (preferably in management) and a proven track record for being creative and forward thinking.

If you’re the right person you will have the opportunity to enhance our newsroom while growing your own skills. This is a unique chance to work for a dynamic, number one news operation in beautiful South Florida.   WPTV is a Scripps Media organization.

To apply go to

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Other News Management Openings:

Assistant News Director:

WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 9/6/10)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 7/16/10)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (listed 9/6/10)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (relisted 9/24/10)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 8/27/10)
WDSU-TV, New Orleans, LA (listed 7/2/10)
KREM-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 8/20/10)

Executive News Producer:

KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, listed 7/16/10)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 9/6/10)
KMSP-TV, Minneapolis, MN (AM EP, listed 9/17/10)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (PM EP, listed 8/1/10)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 8/13/10)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 8/13/20)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 8/27/10)
KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA (Morning EP, relisted 8/20/10)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Special Projects EP, listed 9/6/10)
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 8/13/10)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, relisted 7/23/10)
KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 8/20/10)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WTLV/WJXX, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listing revised 7/23/10)
KOKI-TV, Tulsa, OK (AM EP, listed 9/10/10)
WHAM-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 7/9/10)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (Morning EP, relisted 9/17/10)
KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 9/6/10)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (listed 8/8/10)

Managing Editor:

WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (new listing this week, see ad above!)

Senior Manager News Operations:

Source Media Group, Cedar Rapids, IA (listed 9/10/10)

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Names in the News:



A federal judge in Portland, OR, rejected the terms of a plea deal between prosecutors and former KOIN-TV ND JEFF ALAN (legal name: JEFF ALAN BRENT) and sentenced him to the maximum 18 months in prison.  He’ll also have to pay fines and restitution.  The Portland Oregonian sorts out the whole sordid mess here.

BRENDA PAVILLIAN has been promoted to Assistant ND for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.  She’s been the Managing Editor for this CBS o-and-o, where she started nine years ago as an overnight writer.  She worked her way up to producer and managing editor.  Brenda earlier worked at WTAE-TV there.

JULIE HOLTON is joining WISH-TV here in Indianapolis as an Executive Producer.  She’s been working at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.  And ADAM KRENT has also been named an EP at this CBS affiliate:  he’s been the Senior Producer there.



Former San Diego, Fresno and Salt Lake City ND GEOFF ROTH is leaving academia to become the Executive Producer at KRIV-TV in Houston.  Geoff’s been teaching at Hofstra University for just over a year.  He’s also worked in Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver, Miami, Richmond and Jacksonville, FL.

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The full list:

Below is what we believe to be a complete list of stations with news director openings, as of Friday, September 24, 2010.

If you know of any corrections, changes, or updates, please let me know via email:

WNCN-TV    1205 Front St.                                                 Raleigh NC 27609
XETV             8253 Ronson Rd.                                           San Diego, CA 92111
WKRC-TV  1906 Highland Road                                  Cincinnati, OH 45219
WLNE-TV 10 Orms St.                                                      Providence RI 02904
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
KVEO-TV    349 N. Expressway                                       Brownsville TX 78521
WSBT-TV    1301 E. Douglas Rd.                                     Mishawaka IN 46545
KSFY-TV     300 N. Dakota Ave. #100                           Sioux Falls SD 57104
KTRV-TV     1 Sixth St. N.                                                   Nampa ID 83687
KVAL-TV    4575 Blanton Road                                        Eugene OR 97405
WMGT-TV  PO Box 4328                                                   Macon GA 31208
WTVM-TV  1900 Wynnton Rd.                                       Columbus GA 31906
WEAU-TV   1907 S. Hastings Way                                Eau Claire WI 54701
KTKA-TV    2121 SW Chelsea Dr.                                    Topeka KS 66614
KTVL-TV    1440 Rossanley Dr.                                      Medford OR 97501
WJHG-TV  8195 Front Beach Rd.                                   Panama City Beach FL 32407
KTEN-TV 10 High Point Circle                                     Denison TX 75020
KXII-TV      4201 Texoma Parkway                                 Sherman TX 75090
KPLC-TV 320 Division St.                                              Lake Charles LA 70601
KLDO-TV   226 Bob Bullock Loop                                  Laredo, TX 78040
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                                     Laredo TX 78045
KFBB-TV   3012 Highwoods Blvd.                                  Great Falls MT 59403

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