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Dan Wilson Named WPTV News Director

wptv logoDan Wilson has been named news director of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.

“As you know, he has been our interim News Director for this past month,” WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher said in a statement. “And he really hit the ground running earning respect from all corners of the building.”

Wilson came to WPTV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ, where he had been assistant news director since 2008.

[FTVLive]

Mark Effron Leaving WPIX

mark_effron.03WPIX news director Mark Effron announced to staff today that he is leaving the Tribune-owned New York CW affiliate. He will stay through October.

Effron wrote to staffers in a memo that, when he was hired, he told Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, that he only wanted to be news director for two years. (Read Effron’s memo after the jump.)

Effron told TVSpy the timing has been fortuitous. He said the station’s turnaround came more quickly than he expected and he hopes the positive momentum continues for the next news director.

When asked about future plans, Effron mentioned his approaching 65th birthday and said he’s confident he will continue to work in the business. “It’s been a terrific career. I’ve been very blessed both personally and professionally and I’m very excited about what happens next.”

Wert hired Effron in April 2013. Rich Graziano was hired as GM of WPIX later that year. Read more

WBZ Names Gary LaPlante News Director

wbz logo copyGary LaPlante has been named news director of Boston CBS owned station WBZ.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to lead an excellent team of journalists right here at home in Boston,” LaPlante said in a statement. “I could not be more proud than to join WBZ-TV with its long and legendary commitment to the community, and I look forward to working with the talented news staff on advancing the news product and developing the best content in the market.”

LaPlante comes to WBZ from WFXT in Boston where he was assistant news director. He has also worked as news director at WXXA in Albany, NY, assistant news director at WTEN in Albany, and executive producer at WFSB in Hartford, CT. He’s also worked at WHDH in Boston, WPRI and WLNE in Providence, RI.

He replaces John Verrilli who left the station in March. LaPlante starts Monday.

ND Greg Turchetta Leaving KEYE

KEYE_logoKEYE news director Greg Turchetta is leaving the Austin CBS affiliate, the Austin American-Statesman reports:

At a staff meeting held this afternoon at the station, it was revealed that Turchetta will soon oversee communications for a school system in the Naples, Fla., area. His final day on the job at KEYE is Aug. 8.

Turchetta arrived at the city’s CBS affiliate two years ago, after serving as assistant news director at the Fox station in Orlando, Fla. Previously, he’d worked at stations in Atlanta, Seattle and Jacksonville, Fla., among others.

News Director Out at WWAY

ScottPickey_newsroomWWAY news director Scott Pickey is out at the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate.

A call to WWAY confirmed Pickey no longer worked at the station. WWAY wouldn’t comment on when he left or why.

Pickey made headlines last year when he had to pay a fine and go to driving school after he drove into a local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

Pickey’s bio has been removed from the station website.

Dave Strickland Resigns from KTRK

KTRK LOGOKTRK news director Dave Strickland has resigned.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, said Strickland told staffers Friday “the job was affecting his family, life and personal relationships.”

Strickland started at the station as an intern. He left in 1994 to work at WAVY in Hampton Roads, VA, as an executive producer before being named news director in 1996. He returned to KTRK in 2000 as news director.

Jake Milstein Named KIRO News Director

KIROJake Milstein has been promoted to news director at KIRO, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Seattle. Milstein replaces Bob Jordan, who retired last month.

Since 2008, Milstein has been KIRO’s managing editor. Before that, he worked at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KCOY-KKFX in Santa Maria, Calif.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to tap KIRO-TV’s internal talent for this critical position. Under Jake’s leadership, we will continue to deliver exceptional daily newscasts to our viewers and position KIRO 7 Eyewitness News as the No. 1 digital content distributor for Seattle,” KIRO general manager Jay O’Connor said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled to be in this new role leading such a talented group of journalists, as we make KIRO 7 Eyewitness News the go to place for news on-air, on-line and on social media,” Milstein added.

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.

[Mike McGuff]

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