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WLBT Hires News Director from Arkansas Station

weeks wlbtRaycom’s Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate WLBT has hired Hatton Weeks to be its news director.

Weeks has been news director at KAIT, Raycom’s Jonesboro, Ark. station, since 2008. He moves up 87 markets in the move.

Chris Conroy, KAIT VP and GM said of Weeks, “As a journalist and news director, Hatton’s longtime commitment to KAIT’s viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader.”

Weeks started at KAIT in 1996. He worked his way up to reporter and producer before leaving for KTHV in 1999. He came back to KAIT in 2006 as assistant news director after working as a Congressional staffer for US Congressman Marion Berry and later working at his family’s construction business.

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Charlotte FOX GM to Bring On Former News Director from Previous Station

FOX46 CarolinasKaren Koutsky has been named news director at FOX owned Charlotte station WJZY-WMYT.

Koutsky and WJZY GM Karen Adams worked together for 13 years at WGHP, which was a FOX owned station until 2007, when Adams was the GM and Koutsky was news director. Adams left WGHP in 2013.

“I’m honored to be back with the FOX O&O’s and working again with Karen,” said Koutsky.

Koutsky has also worked as assistant news director at WTHR in Indianapolis and WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. She’s also worked at WAGA and WXIA in Atlanta. She starts January 5.

Stephen Richards Named News Director at WRGB


Stephen Richards is joining WRGB, the CBS affiliate in Albany, NY, as news director. Richards comes from NBC affiliate WHEC in Rochester, NY, where he had been in the same position.

“We are fortunate to have a person of Steve’s professionalism and range of experience joining our management team,” WRGB and WCWN general manager Vincent Nelson said in a statement. “I am confident that Steve will be a solid leader and coach for our news team, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow our audience across all screens, and build the news station of the future here at CBS 6.”

Richards begins his new position next week.

Mark Neerman Named News Director at KSNV

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KSNV is welcoming Mark Neerman to its Las Vegas newsroom as news director. Neerman is replacing Craig Hume, who joined the station in 2013 from CBS affiliate WHP-WLYH in Harrisburg, Pa. Hume announced his departure from the NBC affiliate a few weeks ago, and explained to his staff that he would be moving back to his home in Los Angeles.

Neerman, who previously worked at Louisville, KY, ABC affiliate WHAS as news director, talked to FTVLive about what he’s been up to since then:

“I left WHAS to launch the start-up To the surprise of no one who knows me, I missed news. I couldn’t have been more impressed with Sinclair’s plans for the future.”

KSNV was recently bought by Sinclair for $120 million. This isn’t Neerman’s first time working in Sin City; he was previously news director at FOX affiliate KVVU.

Ken Jobe Out as News Director at Memphis FOX Station

whbq_logoKen Jobe is out as news director at Cox owned Memphis FOX affiliate WHBQ.

Yesterday, we reported the station had a new GM. Today we confirmed that news director Ken Jobe no longer works at the station.

A Cox spokesperson told TVSpy, Cox is looking for a news director to replace Jobe.

Jobe started his career in Nashville. He has also worked at WCBS in New York and WCPO in Cincinnati. He started at WHBQ in 2003.


News Director Out at Fargo ABC Affiliate

moravchik croppedNews director Julie Moravchik is out at Fargo ABC affiliate WDAZ.

WDAZ GM Jackie Bruenjes confirmed Moravchik’s departure with TVSpy.

Former anchor Terry Dullum wrote about the move on his blog, saying, in part, “The saddest day of the week for me this week was the day I learned news director Julie Moravchik is leaving WDAZ.”

“Thank you everyone for your kind words,” Moravchik wrote on her facebook page. “And thank you Terry Dullum for one of the nicest articles anyone has ever written about me! I am truly blessed. My plan for now is to take a month off, recharge & “get back into the game.” Time to help my next news team win Emmy number 7!! Love you all very much!”

Gannett Promotes Patti Dennis, Names Replacement from Knoxville Station

moreno kusaChristy Moreno has been named news director of Gannett’s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Moreno was news director at Gannett’s Knoxville, Tenn. station WBIR. She replaces Patti Dennis, who was promoted to VP, news and talent development for Gannett.

“Christy’s strong leadership skills, record of success and innovative ideas are just what we need to continue serving as Colorado’s news leader,” Mark Cornetta, KUSA GM and Gannett SVP, said in a statement.

Moreno came to WBIR in 2012 from KENS, Gannett’s San Antonio station, where she was assistant news director. She has also worked at KRIV and KPRC in Houston and KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dave Lougee, President, Gannett Broadcasting, thanked Dennis for her work at KUSA, saying, “Patti’s contributions to 9NEWS are too numerous to count and her eye for talent is unmatched. Now we will be able to deploy her talents across a larger stage.”

Joe Sullivan Named News Director at WXXV

Joe-SullivanJoe Sullivan, the 5:30 p.m. anchor at FOX affiliate WXXV, is adding news director to his title. Sullivan has worked at the Gulfport, Miss. station since September 2013.

In an interview with The Sun-Herald, Sullivan explained that he has taken on many different roles in his career (including a stint as a production assistant at ESPN and 14 years in Richmond, Va., as a sports anchor at NBC affiliate WWBT and sports director at FOX affiliate WRLH). In his new role, Sullivan will lead a team that includes six reporters:

“We have a good group. We have the most local news in this market. We have had entire newscasts that were solely local stories,” he said. “People have been very nice to us. They come up to me almost every day and say, ‘Thanks for giving us a choice.’”

Sullivan previously worked at ABC and CBS affiliate WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn., as a weekday morning anchor. He will continue his evening anchor role along with his new position.

KPNX Promotes Senior EP to News Director

KPNX_NBC_12Sandra Kotzambasis has been promoted to news director of Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX.

Kotzambasis was the senior executive producer.

“Sandra has earned this opportunity by demonstrating passion, flexibility, and the commitment to excellence that’s critical to the continued transformation of 12 News to serve our now and future audiences,” former ND Mark Casey, who was promoted to VP & station manager, wrote in an email sent to staffers. “For the past three years, she’s been my partner as we’ve worked to both build our newscast ratings and develop the digital and social products that our customers expect.

Kotzambasis has worked at KPNX since August 2011. She returned to local news after working in PR at Go Daddy. Before that she worked at KSAZ in Phoenix for 13 years. She started her career in Tucson at KVOA before moving to KGUN.

Andy Fishman Named WJW News Director

WJW-1Cleveland’s WJW has named Andy Fishman news director.

“Having Andy at the helm of our award-winning news department is something that so many of our FOX 8 staffers endorsed and encouraged based on his years of newsroom experience, leadership abilities and working knowledge of our city and all of Northeast Ohio,” Paul Perozeni, WJW VP  & GM told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

According to The Plain-Dealer, Fishman had been working as the Cleveland FOX affiliate’s interim news director after former news director Sonya Thompson left to work for parent company Tribune Media Group.

Fishman arrived at Channel 8 in 1994 as executive producer of the station’s 5 p.m. newscast. He became the executive producer of the 10 p.m. newscast in 1997. Ten years later, he was named assistant news director.

“Even as Andy served as the interim news director these past several weeks, we worked in concert with Tribune in searching across the country for this important and vital position,” Perozeni said. “But in the end, the clear and obvious choice was, without a doubt, our own Andy Fishman.” Read more