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LIN Media Names New GM for Buffalo’s WIVB

LIN Media has announced the naming of René LaSpina as president and general manager of its Buffalo, NY, CBS affiliate WIVB and CW affiliate WNLO.

“I am excited about joining one of the most respected and forward-thinking multimedia companies in the country that has a long history of investing in its products people and communities,” said LaSpina in a statement. “I am very fond of Buffalo, having lived in New York state for five years, and I am eager to work with the talented staff and management at WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV and achieve new levels of success.”

LaSpina takes over for Chris Musial who retired recently. She last worked as vice president and general manager for Nexstar’s Memphis and Jackson, TN, stations WPTY (now WATN), WLMT and WJKT. She has also managed stations in Albany, NY, Minneapolis, MN and Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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LIN Media Stations Return to DISH as Companies Reach New Retrans Agreement

LIN Media stations are back on DISH Network systems this morning as the two companies were able to reach a new retrans agreement over the weekend.

On Sunday, LIN announced that it had entered into a new deal with DISH, ending weeks of intense negotiations as well a black-out that began March 5th.

“We are pleased that our negotiations with DISH Network resulted in a fair resolution,” said Vincent Sadusky, LIN’s president and CEO. “We thank our viewers and our advertisers for their tremendous support.”

In announcing the agreement, DISH said that it “is pleased to have reached a deal” that resumed the carriage of 27 LIN stations in 17 markets. “We sincerely appreciate the patience our customers have shown during this time.” Read more

Mylous Hairston Abruptly Exits WIVB Amid Labor Negotiations and Continued Cost-Cutting

Just six months after celebrating his 20th anniversary with WIVB, reporter-anchor Mylous Hairston abruptly resigned on Thursday.

The timing and circumstances surrounding Hairston’s departure from the Buffalo CBS-affiliate suggest a deep-seated rift with the station’s owner, LIN TV.

Hairston is the president of the local chapter of AFTRA and was the chief negotiator in recent labor discussions with LIN.  According to Buffalo media reporter Alan Pergament, Hairston left after two long days of AFTRA negotiations with the station.  Last summer, LIN imposed a new mandate requiring reporters to learn how to shoot their own video.

WIVB general manager Chris Musial sent a terse email to staff announcing Hairston’s departure. “I appreciate his contributions over the years and wish him well and success in the future,” Musial wrote. Read more