In a note announcing the hire, Jeff Benninghoff, the vice president and general manager of sister station WWSB, said Dughi brings “an impressive track record in broadcasting.” Dughi was previously the president of Cowles California Media Company, which owns and operates six stations in California. He is a former general manager of KNDO-KNDU in Yakima and news director at WBNS in Columbus, KHQ in Spokane and WAEO in Rhinelander, Wisc.
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Brian Sather has been named president and general manager of KCCI, Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines. It is a move within Hearst for Sather, who has been GM of KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark. since 2010.
“Brian has a strong understanding of the local television business and a proven track record of success at our stations in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville and Omaha,” Hearst Television CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “He will do an excellent job in leading KCCI and building upon the outstanding foundation developed by Paul.”
Before joining KHBS-KHOG, Sather spent 13 years at KETV, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Omaha. He began as national sales manager, then became local sales manager and general sales manager.
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German comes from Savannah, Ga. where he has been sales manager at WJCL-WTGS since 2010. He began his television career at WJCL almost three decades ago and saw the station through several affiliate changes, as well as its relocation from South Carolina to Savannah.
WVUE parent company Louisiana Media Company recently announced a shared services agreement with Raycom, which will provide operational services to WVUE beginning December 16. Cook will become president of Louisiana Media Company and plans to spend more time on his other interests, songwriting and real estate.
Wayne Daugherty, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Raycom Media, will retire at the end of this year after 44 years working in television.
Wayne’s dedication and commitment to Raycom Media throughout the years has played a substantial role in the growth and success of our organization,” Raycom president and CEO Paul McTear said in a statement. “Although we will miss him, he has more than earned the right to spend more time with his family, friends, volunteer efforts, and hobbies.”
Daugherty has worked at Raycom since 1997. He has held his current position since 2006.
Lourdes Torres has been named vice president of regional news for Univision News. In her new role, she will continue in her current role as director of special projects and add oversight for all programming on Univision O&Os.
“Lourdes is an outstanding news professional who has been part of Univision News for over two decades and has a deep understanding not only of our mission and style, but also of the Hispanic audiences we serve,” Daniel Coronell, Univision’s SVP and executive director of news, said in a statement. “With her expertise and her proven success in leading complex projects, she will be instrumental in helping us maintain a gold standard of journalistic excellence across all of our local news platforms.”
Torres joined Univision in 1986 and has held a variety of roles at the network. More in Univision’s release after the jump. Read more
Toni Falvo has been named senior vice president of research for Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins December 9, she will oversee all research functions for Tribune’s stations.
“As Tribune’s growing portfolio of assets provides us with a variety of new opportunities to better analyze and understand the audiences watching our stations, I am confident Toni has the talent, experience and drive required to make a significant impact on our goals,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement.
Falvo comes from WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, where she is the vice president of research, programming and press. She has worked there since 1998.
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Alan Mason is joining Bright House Networks as vice president and general manager of news and local programming for Central Florida News 13, Bay News 9, Bright House Sports Network, Local On Demand and InfoMas. His appointment is effective December 30.
“Alan brings significant industry experience and a proven track record of leading highly effective stations operations while building award-winning local news and programming,” Bright House EVP Kevin Hyman said in a statement. “He is a strategic and innovative leader in the industry, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team.” [h/t Orlando Sentinel]
It is a move within Tribune for Graziano, who previously led the company’s Hartford properties. He has been president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT since 2005 and publisher, president and CEO of The Hartford Courant since 2009.
“Rich is a skilled and innovative leader who has achieved great success in managing large-scale media operations and delivering results for viewers, advertisers and the community,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement. “We’ve made a number of changes at WPIX, both on-the-air and in the management ranks—the station is gaining momentum. Rich is the perfect addition to lead the new team we’ve assembled.”
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Manuel Martinez has been named president of Telemundo Stations, the NBC Owned Stations announced today. Martinez has been president and general manager of WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami, since 2012.
In his new role, Martinez will oversee the 16 owned Telemundo stations. He will report to Valari Staab, the president of the NBC Owned Stations.
“Manny is an experienced leader with in-depth knowledge of the broadcast industry, a track record of improving television stations and a strong commitment to our Spanish speaking communities,” Staab said in a statement. “…Manny’s experience, skills and dedication will steer our Telemundo stations forward.”
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