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WIVB News Director Out

wivb_304Joe Schlaerth, news director for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB no longer works at the station, Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament reports.

The News reports Peter Jacobus is the interim news director at the station.

According to his LinkedIn page, Schlaerth had been news director at WIVB since 2004.

His departure — all the sources say he was fired this morning — is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.

Indeed, it was more surprising that he lasted this long running the news department of the LIN station. Read more

News Director Out at Madison ABC Affiliate

wkowJoe Radske, news director for Quincy Broadcasting owned WKOW in Madison, WI, is out at the station.

A Quincy spokesperson told TVSpy, as of today Radske no longer worked at the Madison ABC affiliate.

Radske was named news director in 2012.

KPRC Names Rhonda Errer LaVelle News Director

kprc lavelleKPRC has named Rhonda Errer LaVelle as news director.

LaVelle had been acting news director at the Houston NBC affiliate since Deborah Collura was named GM of WCNC in Charlotte.

Before joining KPRC in March, LaVelle was an executive producer at WDIV in Detroit where she had worked for 16 years.

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Lane Michaelsen No Longer with WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen is no longer with the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news and wouldn’t say why or when he left but did say, “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Michaelsen started at WGCL in April 2013. His first news director job was at KTHV in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as VP of News for Gannett where he served as ND for WTSP in Tampa and WUSA in Washington, D.C. He also worked at WTVJ in Miami and WCPO in Cincinnati.

Jennifer Lyons Named News Director at WGN

Jennifer Lyons WGNTribune has promoted Jennifer Lyons to news director at WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago. Lyons has worked at WGN for 21 years, most recently as assistant news director.

“As Chicago’s Very Own, I felt it was important to have a leader who knows Chicago. Jennifer is the entire package: a track record of success, forward thinking, with strong editorial judgment and her pulse on Chicago,” WGN general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “With over twenty years at WGN-TV, I am proud to honor that loyalty and experience with the news director post. It is well deserved.”

Before Lyons was assistant news director, she was the executive producer of the morning and midday newscasts. She has previously worked at WHO in Des Moines and KWQC in Davenport, Iowa.

Lyons replaces Greg Caputo, who recently retired.

Kristen Hamilton Named ND at KHQA

Kristen Hamilton has been hired as the news director for KHQA, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate in Quincy, Ill.

Rick Gevers reports in his weekly newsletter that Hamilton comes from WXIN in Indianapolis, where she is the content manager. She replaces Nora Baldner, who has been KHQA news director for four years.

WAKA News Director Leaves After One Month

WAKA_logoJack Pagano, the newly appointed news director for Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA has left the station after being hired in May.

Pagano told TVSpy he left so he could take care of a family issue, adding. “I will seek another run in broadcasting as soon as my family situation is resolved.”

A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Pagano said he may return to the battlefield. “I’ve been asked/selected for a return although the “heat” is hotter than ever in Iraq and Afghanistan.  My “nine lives” have been used.”

Pagano replaced Rob Martin, who left the station for WIAT in Birmingham.

Denetra Walker Promoted to Assistant News Director at WIS

WIS_304Denetra Walker has been upped to assistant news director at WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. Walker, currently an executive producer at the station, transitions into her new role net week.

“Denetra is a strong leader and her producer skills are an asset to us daily. I’m excited about her energy and new ideas in helping guide the WIS team into the future,” news director Bryan Queen wrote in a note to staff obtained by TVSpy.

The station will hire a new dayside executive producer, according to Queen. Walker’s role will “focus on our overall branding with Investigates, First Alert, and Digital first strategies.”

Queen’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Youngstown Station Plants Tree to Honor News Director Who Died of Cancer

coursen tree wytvYoungstown ABC affiliate WYTV planted a tree Monday in honor of Gary Coursen, the station’s former news director who died in December.

The tree was planted by WYTV GM Dave Coy, assistant news director Kristen Hephner and Coursen’s wife Becky.

Coursen died in December at the age of 55 after being diagnosed last summer.

The station said Coursen was the architect of the 2007 merger between CBS affiliate WKBN and WYTV’s news departments. He had worked in TV news for 30 years.

Former Reno GM Arrested for DUI

Mary-Elizabeth-Sewald__2398017 (1)Mary Beth Sewald, former GM and current director of operations for Reno NBC affiliate KRNV, was arrested for DUI last week.

Reno Police Lieutenant Bill Rulla confirmed with TVSpy, Sewald was arrested on May 28 for DUI and failure to decrease speed.

Up until this writing, no Reno TV station or newspaper has reported the story. It had been reported on a couple of on one national media sites without confirmation, though.

Sewald, who was once GM of KRNV, is listed on her facebook page as the director of operations at the Reno station.

TVSpy asked Sewald and current GM Amie Chapman for comment, but has not heard back.

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