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KCTV Hires Ed Kosowski as News Director

kctv_bigEd Kosowski has been named news director at Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV, according to Rick Gevers.

Kosowski was the news director at Denver’s KDVR-KWGN until he stepped down in August.

Before Denver, he was at CNBC for six years. Kosowski has also worked in Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

Jennifer Rigby Named WXIA News Director

wxiaJennifer Rigby has been named news director of the Atlanta NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates WXIA-WATL.

Rigby comes to WXIA from The Weather Channel where she was VP of Live Programming. Before working for TWC, she was a senior consultant at Smith Geiger and had worked as news director at Cox Media stations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Dayton.

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is joining the Networks of 11Alive and Gannett,” John Deushane, president and GM, said in a statement. “Her unique, yet integrated, leadership at the station, network, and digital level combined with her broad range of consultative expertise makes her the perfect candidate to lead our ever expanding content offerings.”

She starts Monday, November 24.

WIVB Adds Scott Levy as News Director

levy wivbScott Levy has been hired by WIVB as news director.

Levy comes to the Buffalo CBS affiliate from WTAJ in Altoona, Pa. where he was news director.

According to his LinkedIn bio, he has also worked in Elmira, NY, New York, NY, Tulsa, Memphis, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

Levy replaces Joe Schlaerth who left WIVB in July.

[Buffalo News]

Former Boston FOX News Director Moves to WTTG

wttg logoPaul McGonagle has been named VP and news director of Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, effective immediately.

McGonagle was news director at the former FOX owned Boston station WFXT until he was replaced by KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal in the ownership swap with Cox Media. He replaces former WTTG news director Dana Hahn, who was named news director at KTVU.

“Paul’s depth of local news experience in a top market, as well as his impressive tenure with FOX made him the ideal choice,” WTTG VP & GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement. “He is the right leader to continue the momentum we have started here and take FOX 5 in an exciting, new direction.”

McGonagle started at WFXT as assistant news director. He came to WFXT from WJAR in Providence, R.I. where he was assistant news director. He started his career at WNNE in Burlington, Vt. as a reporter and anchor.

Andrea Clenney Named WLTZ News Director

wltz logoAndrea Clenney has been named news director of Columbus, Georgia NBC affiliate WLTZ.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, WLTZ GM Drew Rhodes told staffers, “We are looking to continue to grow our local shows and our news product as well as ratings. We know that Andrea will help us do that, and we are excited to have her join the hardest working news team in the market!”

Clenney started her career at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. working in production, engineering and then news. She comes to WLTZ from WCJB in Gainesville, Fla. where she was news director. Before WCJB, she was senior executive producer at KMGH in Denver, Colo. She has also worked in Greenville, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y. and Augusta, Ga.

Her first day is Tuesday, December 2. Read more

Seattle ND Leaves for Denver

gauntt copySeattle news director Holly Gauntt is moving to Denver to be the news director at Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“I have reached a crossroads in my life in which I need to choose family and home,” Gauntt told staffers in an email sent to TVSpy. “I wasn’t looking for a job but a fantastic one presented itself. I have accepted the position of Vice President of News & Digital for KDVR/KWGN in Denver.”

Before working as news director at Sinclair’s Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, Gauntt was the news director at WTXF in Philadelphia. She replaces Ed Kosowski who left KDVR in August.

The Denver Post reported earlier current Gauntt was in the running for one of three news director jobs open in Denver, but didn’t know which one.

You can read the full text of her email after the jump. Read more

Matt King Named WCNC News Director

matt king wxiaMatt King has been named news director at Gannett’s Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC.

King comes to Charlotte from WXIA in Atlanta where he was assistant news director. He has also worked at Gannett’s WUSA in Washington, D.C. and WTSP in Tampa.

He replaces Corrie Harding who left for NBC News in February.

St. Louis News Director Leaving Station

ksdkThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, KSDK news director Mike Shipley has announced he is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate.

The Post-Dispatch says Shipley told staffers this morning he would stay until a replacement is found. He was named news director in 2000.

>UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy Shipley is retiring. He has worked in broadcasting for 41 years, 35 of those at KSDK.

After a years-long run of being the top local station for newscasts, KSDK has slipped in the ratings, being passed at times by KMOV (Channel 4) and KTVI (Channel 2).

“He had a No. 1 legacy station here, and he let it slip,” said one source in local television. Read more

Kenny Plotnik to Lead NECN Newsroom

necn logoNew England Cable News has named Kenny Plotnik VP of News.

“Kenny Plotnik is among the most experienced news leaders in the country and we’re excited to welcome him to the NECN team,” Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN said in a statement.

Plotnik last worked as VP of news at WABC in New York. Before working at WABC, he was at WPVI in Philadelphia for ten years, working as assignment manager and senior producer of special projects. He starts in his new position October 6.

NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country and is owned by NBC Universal.

Charlotte ND Returning to Houston, WWOR Station Manager to Help Out in Interim

wjzy-wmyt logo_304x200WJZY-WMYT news director Geoff Roth has announced he’s leaving the Charlotte FOX owned station and going back to KRIV in Houston.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor will help out the newsroom while the station looks for a news director. Doctor will continue in her role as station manager of the New Jersey MyTV affiliate.

Roth came to Charlotte from FOX owned KRIV when FOX took over the Charlotte station in 2013. He is going back in the newly created position of managing editor.

He’s been news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, Calif., WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla., KSWB in San Diego, Calif., KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WRIC in Richmond, Va.

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