NEWS

September 30, 2012

Greetings:

We have TWO newly opened ND jobs in this edition, with NO new openings. Our complete list grows to 31 stations with open ND jobs.

Some clarifications and updates on earlier items. Last week we told you that CHUCK MAULDEN was leaving KTHV in Little Rock after five years as ND. We’ve since learned he resigned and will be at the station until the end of October. And in reporting BOB WALTERS‘ hire at KNOE-TV in Monroe, LA, we were unclear in explaining his tenure in Evansville. He’d been ND at WTVW-TV for 12 years, and ND for the duopoly (WTVW & WEHT-TV) for one year.

We have ONE new ad this week, that a Blind Box ad for an ND opening at a small market NBC affiliate. And we’re re-running a number of ads from last week’s newsletter.

We’ll tell you about a number management moves in Names in the News, and we have two obituaries, including one you wouldn’t expect to see in a publication targeted to news of news managers.

New News Director Openings:

Remington

KTVK-TV, Phoenix, AZ…we told you earlier this week that BRAD REMINGTON announced his departure from this Belo-owned independent station. Brad will remain at the station and help with the transition while the company looks for his replacement. He’ll return to Denver, where his wife is a principal at a private school. They’ve done the commuter thing for the four years he’s been ND here. He previously has been an ND for KDVR-TV in Denver, KTVI-TV in St. Louis, and KOB-TV in Albuquerque, and had earlier worked in Denver.

Owen

WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH…STACY OWEN is returning to California to be the Assistant ND for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Stacy’s from California…in fact her Mom lives in LA. She (Stacy, not her mom!) has been ND for this Hearst-owned NBC affiliate for the last three years. She spent three years as ND for KXTV in Sacramento, and worked for KRON-TV in San Francisco for 14 years, including three as ND.

Newly Named News Directors:

I don’t know of any. If you do, please help everyone out by letting me know via an email to: rick@rickgevers.com

Help Wanted Ads: 

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We’re in HD, have great gear, and an aggressive multi-platform effort that is already well underway. We need a leader, mentor and team builder ready to take our powerhouse forward. This is a great opportunity for either an existing ND or a first timer with tangible management experience ready to step up.

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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

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KING-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 9/14/12, see ad above!)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 9/22/12, 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)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI (listed 8/12/12)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (relisted 9/14/12)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 9/22/12, see ad above!)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 8/5/12)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 9/22/12, 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)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 9/1/12)
KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR (Nightside EP, relisted this week)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, listed 9/1/12)
WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (AM EP, listed 9/22/12, see ad above!)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 9/14/12)
KWTV, Oklahoma City, OK (PM EP, new listing this week)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM & PM EPs, listed 8/12/12)
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 again 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.

Obituaries:

Our sympathy to KVVU-TV (Las Vegas) Morning Executive Producer JUDY GREENE on the death of her fiancee, HERBIE GOFORTH. Herbie, a lineman for NV Energy, died this week when he fell from a utility tower. He died Tuesday, the day before his 30th birthday and about a week before his scheduled marriage to Judy.

CHRIS ECONOMAKI also died this week. He wasn’t a TV news manager or executive, though you may know him from his work as an announcer on auto races for more than 40 years. Chris got his first TV gig in the 60′s because NASCAR was unhappy with the announcer of its previous telecast, a guy named WALTER CRONKITE. He also published National Speed Sport News and wrote a weekly column which was a must read for anyone who followed auto racing. I was a long time subscriber and fan of that column, and elements of his style have found their way into this newsletter (hence the tribute). He was a terrific reporter, a tireless worker and an unparalleled storyteller. His now silent typewriter holds a well deserved place of honor in the media room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Names in the News:

JEFF ORCUTT has been promoted to Morning EP at KMSP-TV, the FOX o-and-o in Minneapolis. He has been a producer there.

TIM MAESTAS is the new EP at KRQE-TV, the LIN owned station in Albuquerque. He’s been the weekend anchor and has worked at this CBS affiliate since 1999.

ROB MACHADO has been named Content Manager for WHAM-TV in Rochester, NY. He most recently worked for KITV in Honolulu for three years. He’s also worked in St. Louis, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa, two stations in Miami, Columbus, GA, and for the Weather Channel in Atlanta.

KEVIN FRIES has been named Assistant ND for WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. He’s been working at Central Florida News 13, and has previously worked in Mobile, Montgomery, and Lexington.

Our Full List of News Director Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, September 30, 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
KTVK-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Phoenix AX 85013
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
WLWT-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Cincinnati OH 45210
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