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WTLV-WJXX Hires Station Manager/Director of Sales

wtlv wjxx largeBill Lancaster has been named VP/station manager and director of sales for WTLV-WJXX.

This is a move within Gannett for Lancaster, who comes to the Jacksonville, Fla. NBC and ABC affiliates from WFMY in Greensboro, NC.

“I am very excited for Bill to join our team in Jacksonville,” Rob Mennie, president and GM of WTLV-WJXX and SVP of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “I have known Bill for many years and have always been impressed by his leadership and sales results.”

Lancaster started with Gannett at WFMY as an account executive. He worked at WUSA in Washington, DC before returning to WFMY as national sales manager. He then worked his way from local sales manager to general sales manager before being named VP of sales in 2011.

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GM Out at KMGH in Denver

KMGH-TV_LogoThe Denver Post reports Byron Grandy, VP and GM of KMGH, has resigned from the Denver E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate.

Grandy was named VP and GM of KMGH in 2009 by then owner McGraw-Hill. He started at KMGH in December 2000 as news director. The Post credits Grandy’s management for the station’s many regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV West Palm Beach (an NBC affiliate owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company) and divisional general manager for Scripps, is serving as interim general manager. Wasserman declined to comment on the reasons for or manner of Grandy’s departure but supplied a note to the staff:

I want to inform you that Byron Grandy has resigned as general manager of KMGH effective immediately and has left the company. Byron has made significant contributions to the station during his years here as news director and GM and the station is stronger as a result. Scripps wishes him well as he moves to the next stage of his career. Read more

Kari Jacobs Named GM of WVEC

WVEC_ABC_13_2013 copyGannett has named Kari Jacobs GM of Norfolk ABC affiliate WVEC.

“Kari is a proven and respected performer who knows the Norfolk area well. She is the ideal person to lead the next generation of WVEC,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement.

Jacobs was promoted from director of sales and takes over for Brad Ramsey, who was named Gannett’s VP of Sales last month.

Before coming back to WVEC, Jacobs was the local sales manager for Cox Media in Norfolk. She had been local sales manager at WVEC. Before that, she was the GSM of Sinclair’s FM radio station group on Norfolk.

Trey Fabacher Out at WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL is undergoing a change in direction. TVSpy just confirmed Trey Fabacher, GM of WGCL, has left the station. Meredith wouldn’t say when he left or why.

This comes on the heels of confirming that the Atlanta CBS affiliate has hired Larry Perret as news director to replace Lane Michaelsen who left the station in July.

Fabacher came to WGCL from WWJ in Detroit in September 2012. He has also worked at KSTW in Seattle and WCCO and KSTP in Minneapolis, Minn.

President Obama Names WREG GM to Board of TVA

tva-logoPresident Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ron Walter, president and GM of WREG in Memphis, to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Walter was one of several people the President said he intended to nominate to key administration posts.

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” President Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average.  Established by Congress in 1933 to address a wide range of environmental, economic, and technological issues, including the delivery of low-cost electricity and the management of natural resources, TVA also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

LIN Fills GM Roles in Indianapolis and Savannah

linmedia_304x200LIN Media has named Les Vann president and GM of CBS affiliate WISH and MyTV affiliate WNDY in Indianapolis. The station group also named Steve Doerr acting GM of WJCL in Savannah.

Doerr replaces Vann, who was the president and GM of the Savannah, GA, LIN owned ABC affiliate.

“Les has done a terrific job in Savannah, rebuilding and launching a new brand, transforming its news department and strengthening the station’s commitment to localism,”Jay Howell, LIN Media’s VP of Television said in a statement. “He brings a unique skill set to WISH-­‐TV and WNDY-­‐TV that will be very important to these stations’ growth and development.”

CBS recently announced it is switching its CBS affiliation from LIN Media’s WISH to Tribune’s WTTV, starting January 2015.

Before working for LIN, Vann had been GM of WKRC in Cincinnati and had managed stations in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. Doerr comes to LIN after working as VP and group manager, Northeast Region for Smith Media.

WLBT General Manager Dan Modisett Retiring

wlbt logo_304x200After 40 years in broadcasting and 30 years at WLBT, general manager Dan Modisett is retiring from the Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate.

Modisett will officially retire at the end of the year and plans to spend more time with his family.

“We genuinely appreciate his thoughtful and creative leadership at the station and all he has done for Raycom over the years,” WLBT parent company Raycom Media said in a statement. “While we are very happy for Dan and Lisa, we will certainly miss him at WLBT. It is our good fortune to have him around for a few more months.”

Sinclair Names New GMs in Washington, DC and Columbus Markets

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Dan Mellon GM of its Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA and local cable news network NewsChannel 8.

The station group also named Tony D’Angelo GM of Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate WSYX.

“I am excited to announce the promotions of Dan and Tony,” Steve Marks, Sinclair’s co-chief operating officer said in a statement. “They have been loyal employees of the Company with a history of success in leading our stations, especially in Columbus, one of our largest and most important markets.”

Since 2006, Mellon has been group manager of Sinclair’s stations. He was GM of WSYX from 2005 until 2006 and was also responsible for oversight into WTTE. D’Angelo had been director of sales at WSYX, WTTE and WWHO in Columbus since 2003.

Media General Names New KRON GM

kronMedia General has named Ashley Gold Messina VP and GM of San Francisco MyNetworkTV station KRON.

Messina is currently the VP and GM of WDCW in Washington, D.C. She starts at KRON September 10, replacing Brian Greif who stepped down in January.

“Ashley is a strong leader and great competitor,” Deborah A. McDermott, SVP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement. “She is the right person to take the leadership role at KRON.”

Messina started at WDCW 2001 as a local account executive. She was named GM in 2010.

Sinclair Names GM of WICS

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Rick Lipps GM of Springfield-Decatur, IL, ABC affiliate WICS.

Lipps will also oversee sales and “other non-programming related services” of FOX affiliate WRSP and CW affiliate WBUI in accordance with joint sales and shared services agreements.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for which I am thrilled,” Lipps said in a statement. “The Springfield/Decatur area is a dynamic market with a growing diverse revenue base. Providing the best local news and entertainment for our viewers has been and will continue to be our top priority.”

Since 2007, Lipps has been the group leader for stations in Savannah and Augusta, GA, as well as serving as GM of WCBD in Charleston, SC. Lipps has also worked as GM of WNWO in Toledo, OH, WTNZ in Knoxville, TN, and KWWL in Waterloo, IA.

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