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Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

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KMOV News Director Leaving Station for Job with Scripps

mclaughlin_croppedKMOV news director Sean McLaughlin has announced he is leaving the St. Louis CBS affiliate to become the VP of news for E.W. Scripps.

“I am very excited about Sean joining the Scripps team,” Brian Lawlor, Scripps’ SVP said in a statement. “Sean has a ton of energy and represents the leadership skills that motivate people to want to work hard and to want to win.”

McLaughlin told TVSpy his last day at KMOV is March 5. He starts at Scripps March 6.

Before coming to KMOV, McLaughlin was news director at KTUL in Tulsa, OK, from 2005-2007 and KOKI also in Tulsa from 2001-2005. He has also worked at WICS in Springfield, IL, and KAAL in Austin, MN.

[The St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Jeff Brogan Named General Manager of WCPO

The E.W. Scripps Company has named Jeff Brogan vice president and general manager of Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO. He was serving as interim general manager after Steve Thaxton left in January.

“WCPO has a long history of agenda-setting journalism that serves the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division in a statement. “As a seasoned media executive who values creative storytelling and impactful journalism, Jeff will now have the opportunity to work in his hometown to help define the role of a local media organization in this new digital era.”

Before coming to WCPO, Brogan was in a corporate role at Scripps, overseeing news strategy at several of its owned stations.  He began his career at WXIX in Cincinnati and began working for Scripps in 2000 when he got a job as a producer at WCPO. In 2004, he was promoted to executive producer. He was named assistant news director in 2008. Two years later, he was promoted to news director of Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL.

Brian Bracco Named General Manager of KSHB

Brian Bracco has been named vice president and general manager of Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB and sister station KMCI in Lawrence, KS.  Bracco comes to the Scripps owned station from Hearst Television where he was vice president of news for the station group.

“Brian Bracco will provide strong leadership at KSHB,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Scripps. “He is vastly qualified to motivate and inspire his staff to become the go-to source for news and investigations in the market. He also will lead the charge for creative sales solutions for current and future customers.”

Before working for Hearst, Bracco had been news director for KMBC in Kansas City.  He also worked previously at local stations in Wichita, KS, Columbus, OH, and Birmingham, AL.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

KERO Names News Veteran Steve Weinstein GM

Steve Weinstein has been named general manager of KERO in Bakersfield, CA.

KERO was acquired by E.W. Scripps at the end of last year, and Weinstein has served as news director at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, since 2006.

“Steve has the ability to inspire quality journalism while addressing business opportunities in the vibrant market of Bakersfield,” Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.  “He is an award-winning video journalist who has strong business acumen, so he can effectively manage content issues while helping our sales executives devise customer-driven solutions on multiple platforms.” Read more

3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles.

Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates. Rossenwater, general manager of WEWS in Cleveland, will add KJRH in Tulsa, WMAR in Baltimore and the LiveWell affiliates. Wasserman, general manager at WPTV in West Palm Beach, will also oversee KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati and WFTS in Tampa. Read more

Scripps’ SVP On New Stations: ‘We’re Going To Be Really Serious About Good Quality Journalism’

TVNewsCheck has an interesting look at Scripps’ recent nine-station acquisition from the perspective of Brian Lawlor, who is the senior vice president of Scripps’ TV division. Lawlor — who says that Scripps “can’t wait to meet” the former McGraw-Hill employees — talks about what employees at, and viewers of, the nine new Scripps stations can expect:

I think we have been very focused on quality journalism, making sure that our story telling and our story selection is representative of the community — not the easy stuff, just chasing fires and crime — but really trying to find those issues that are core, that are really going to get some discourse and that are going to be meaningful. So I think they can expect that we’re going to be really serious about good quality journalism that’s going to make a difference in their communities.

Read TVNewsCheck’s full interview with Lawlor here.

Anita Helt Returns to Phoenix as KNXV VP-GM

Anita Helt, who has served as president and general manager of Sacramento’s KXTV since October, has been named vice president and general manager of KNXV in Phoenix.

Helt, 49, has considerable experience in the Phoenix market. Before joining Gannett’s KXTV last year, she worked for 15 years at the company’s NBC-affiliate KPNX, where most recently she served as vice president of marketing and programming.

“With her keen market insights and industry leadership, Anita will develop local news and programming that will continue to engage a growing numbers of viewers and advertisers alike,” said Brian Lawlor of Scripps, which owns KNXV.

Helt’s first day with the station is set for June 20th. She is replacing Janice Todd, who retired earlier this year after five years as VP-GM.

NBC Affiliates Will Share the Cost of Olympics

NBCUniversal paid $4.3 billion this week for the rights to the Olympics for the next decade, and NBC affiliates are ready to help pick up the tab.

NBC Affiliates chairman Brian Lawlor, Senior VP of the E.W. Scripps stations, tells B&C, “The infrastructure exists to help pay for the Games, as we have in the past. That will continue.”

NBC, which also owns the rights to the 2012 London Olympics, will be covering the Games in 2014 from Sochi, Russia, and in 2016 from Rio de Janeiro. Locations for the 2018 and 2020 Olympics have not yet been determined.

NBC Affiliates Salute Dick Ebersol

As Dick Ebersol prepares to resign after 22 years as the top executive at NBC Sports, the NBC affiliates board is saluting him as “an unbelievable supporter” of Peacock affiliates.

“Dick is a true advocate of over the air broadcasting, and I respect him incredibly,” Brian Lawlor, chairman of the NBC affiliates board, told Broadcasting & Cable after news of Ebersol’s departure broke. “He’s been a passionate television executive, a great creative mind, and a shrewd dealmaker.”

NBC made the news official this afternoon, sending out a press release that confirmed earlier reports that Ebersol was leaving the network after he was unable to agree to terms on a new contract.

“Dick Ebersol is an incredible talent whose contributions to the company over the last four decades in sports, news and entertainment are unsurpassed,” said NBCU’s Steve Burke in the release.

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