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Former KBTX News Director Mike George Dies

mike georgeFormer KBTX news director Mike George was found dead Sunday at his home, the station reports. George was 51.

George was the news director of the Bryan-College Station CBS affiliate from 2008 to 2013. The cause of death has not been released, but “foul play is not suspected,” according to KBTX.

George began his career at KBTX in 1986, working as an anchor, reporter and executive producer. He left to join KVUE in 1992, spending four years as the Austin station’s executive producer and news manager. After KVUE, George worked as managing editor at WXIA in Atlanta and news director at KVBC in Las Vegas before returning to KBTX.

He retired last year to spend more time with his family, KBTX reports. “From the family at KBTX, our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family outside of our halls, which were made immensely better because of him,” the station said in a statement.

WAKA Adds Jack Pagano as News Director

WAKA_logoJack Pagano has been named news director for Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA.

Pagano replaces Rob Martin who recently left for WIAT in Birmingham. He’s a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who told TVSpy he’s participated “in many overseas conflicts.”

“I played a huge role in developing the Afghanistan GMIC- Government Media and Information Center which trained hundreds of Afghans in the art of information,” Pagano said when he told us he worked in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013 as a senior strategist government contractor.

He’s worked as news director at WWAY in Wilmington, and has also worked in Dallas, Miami and Richmond. In the mid 1990s, he was a Pentagon producer and correspondent for FOX News.

Chris Moore Promoted to News Director at KSL

KSL LOGO_304x200Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL has named Chris Moore news director.

KSL station manager Tanya Vea confirmed with TVSpy Moore was promoted Friday. He fills Vea’s former position. Vea was promoted from EVP of news to VP and station manager in April.

Moore was the senior executive producer at KSL. He has worked at the station since 2004. He has also worked at KWSD-KNBN in Sioux Falls, SD, and KRNV in Reno, NV.

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WNCT Adds Stephanie Shultz as News Director

wnct_logo_304Stephanie Shultz has been named news director of Greenville, NC, CBS affiliate WNCT.

Shultz fills the empty slot left by Ingrid Johansen‘s departure in March. It’s a move within Media General for Shultz, who is currently executive producer at WSLS in Roanoke, VA.

WNCT VP & GM Vickie Jones confirmed with TVSpy, Schultz starts next Monday.

Rob Martin Joining WIAT as News Director


Rob Martin will join Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT as news director next Tuesday, May 20.

Martin has been news director at Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA for the past 12 years.

Friday, his WAKA colleagues said goodbye to him on-air. Watch the video above to see the send off.

Martin worked as assistant news director at WIAT in the 90′s.

Janet Hundley Named News Director at WTMJ

wtmj logoJanet Hundley is joining WTMJ, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, as news director. Hundley will start in her new role June 17.

“Janet is a proven news leader with a reputation for journalistic excellence,” WTMJ vice president and general manager Joe Poss said in a statement. “She understands and embraces the changing needs of our viewers here in the Midwest and, most importantly, she exemplifies the strong values and integrity that are so critical in a newsroom.”

Hundley comes from Chicago, where she has been assistant news director at ABC-owned WLS since 2002. She has previously worked as news director at WTVG in Toledo.

“It will be my distinct privilege to lead this newsroom and to serve the viewers of Southeastern Wisconsin. It’s a responsibility that I don’t take lightly and I’m thrilled to get started,” Hundley said.

News Director and Assistant ND Out at NECN

necn logo_304x200Nannette Hobson, news director for New England Cable News, and assistant news director Bob Keating no longer work at the NBC Universal owned cable network.

“Nannette Hobson and Bob Keating have both left NECN,” a spokesperson for the NBC Universal owned cable network told TVSpy. “We are grateful for their contributions to the station and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The Boston Herald reports Michael St. Peter, NECN GM, said in an email to employees, “We will immediately begin a nationwide search for a new news director for NECN.”

Shane Moreland Named KWWL News Director

kwwl logoShane Moreland has been named news director at KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo-Cedar Rapids-Dubuque-Iowa City. He begins in his new role May 26.

“Shane’s track record of success leading local television news operations made him the right choice for KWWL,” general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “He is strategic and understands multi-platform news gathering in today’s competitive environment.”

Moreland was most recently the vice president and genreal manager of WVNS, the CBS affiliate in Lewisburg, W.Va. He has also worked as the news director of WCTI-WFXI in New Bern, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoake, Va.

The station’s current news director, Dan Schillinger, is moving within Quincy Newspapers to become news director of WQOW in Eau Claire, Wisc.

WGN News Director Greg Caputo Set to Retire

wgn-logoLongtime WGN news director Greg Caputo will retire from the Chicago CW affiliate next month, The Chicago Tribune reports:

Caputo, who has headed up the Tribune Co. station’s news operation since 2002, told staffers Monday he is stepping down at the end of June. … “Being a part of WGN was a goal for me for years,” Caputo said.  “Being here for the last 11 years has been even better than I thought it would be.”

No successor has been named, according to executives.

Before WGN, Caputo worked at WLVI in Boston and WFLD in Chicago.

Norma Morato Out as WXTV News Director

wxtv logoAfter 13 years as news director of WXTV in New York, Norma Morato is out at the Univision-owned station. Media Moves has details:

One inside source says she has resigned. Another source says she was seen packing her belongings from her office last Friday signaling she was on her way out. Norma had led WXTV-41′s news department since 2001.
Morato began her career at WXTV in 1981. In 1983, she moved to WNJU, the Telemundo station in New York City, where she was the news director until she joined WCBS in 1986. She rejoined WXTV in 2000.

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