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Bill McFarland Named News Director at WFTS

Bill McFarland is stepping into the role of news director at WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa Bay.

McFarland comes from WABC, the ABC O&O in New York City, where he is the assistant news director. He replaces Doug Culver, who left WFTS for WJLA in June.

“Bill brings over 20-years of successful news management experience in large market television newsrooms,” WFTS general manager Rich Pegram said in a statement.  “I am confident that his commitment to quality journalism and his leadership abilities will help ABC Action News continue our remarkable ratings momentum of the past year.”

McFarland said he is “looking forward to joining the news team at one of the best stations in America.” Read more

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Camille Edwards Named VP of News at WABC

Camille Edwards has been named VP of News at New York City ABC O&O WABC, taking over for Kenny Plotnik who left the station in May.

Edwards most recently served as Vice President of News at NBC-owned WRC-TV. Before that she was News Director at NBC’s WMAQ in Chicago from 2003-2008.

WABC GM Dave Davis says Edwards’s “proven commitment to excellence in local TV news, along with her innovative work expanding news content to new-media platforms, made her the ideal choice for the top news post at WABC-TV.”

Earlier in her career Edwards held positions at ABC O&Os in Philadelphia and Chicago. She started as a producer at stations in Toledo, Baltimore and Chicago.

WABC News Director Stepping Down

In a staff email with the subject “A New Chapter,” Kenny Plotnik announced this morning that he would be stepping down as news director at WABC, a position he has held for the past decade.

“For more than half my life, I’ve called our company my home away from home,” Plotnik wrote in the email, referring to the ABC station group.  “First in Buffalo, then a decade in Philadelphia followed by 25 years at the greatest station in the country, WABC…I have been honored and proud to have led our News Department to countless ratings victories and recognition as an example of the highest standards of journalism in the business.”

Plotnik, who began at WABC as the 11 p.m. executive producer in June 1987 before working his way up to news director, wrote in the email that, after “a lot of thought,” he’s decided to look “elsewhere for career challenges.” Read more

Gil Noble, Host of WABC’s ‘Like It Is,’ Dies at 80

Longtime WABC host Gil Noble has died, the ABC O&O announced today. He was 80.

Noble was the host of WABC’s “Like It Is,” a weekly public affairs program created by the station 1968 to fill a void in African-American programming. He joined WABC in 1967 as a reporter and weekend evening anchor. He continued to work at the station until he suffered a stroke in August.

“Gil Noble’s life and work had a profound effect on our society and culture,” WABC president and GM Dave Davis said in a statement. “His contributions are a part of history and will be remembered for years to come.”

>Related, FishbowlNY: Gil Noble, Longtime Like It Is Host, Dies at 80

Veteran WABC Reporter Gil Noble Stable After Stroke

Gil Noble — a veteran local reporter who has been with New York City’s WABC since 1967 — is stable after suffering a serious stroke.

Noble joined WABC as a correspondent in 1967. In 1968, Noble joined “Like It Is,” a weekly a weekly public affairs program that was created by the ABC O&O  in 1968 to fill a void in African-American programming. He has been the host of that program ever since.

“For those of us who know Gil, we know the best medicine is his fighting spirit, and all the support from his family and friends,” WABC general manager Dave Davis said in a memo to staff that was obtained by The New York Daily News.

No details were released on Noble’s return to the station, but Davis said in the memo he looks forward to welcoming him back to work. In his absence, WABC plans to air classic archival shows of “Like It Is.”

WABC to Launch 1-Hour Newscast in ‘Oprah’ Timeslot

As stations around the country plan for an “Oprah”-less lineup, New York’s WABC has announced that it will use the soon-to-be-vacant 4 p.m. timeslot to launch a new, 1-hour newscast.

In doing so, the ABC flagship will become the first New York station to have a 4 o’clock newscast.

“It’s going to be an advantage for us, being at 4 by ourselves,” Dave Davis, WABC’s general manager, told Crain’s. “When there’s a big storm or a big story and people want something live and topical, we’ll be there.”

While the new newscast may not draw an audience as significant as Oprah’s, it could potentially make more money for the station.  According to Crain’s, Oprah costs WABC $275,000 a week. The new newscast will almost certainly cost less and WABC will have the opportunity to keep a greater amount of the advertising revenue.

Atlanta’s WSB announced a similar move in November.