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Kari Jacobs Named GM of WVEC

WVEC_ABC_13_2013 copyGannett has named Kari Jacobs GM of Norfolk ABC affiliate WVEC.

“Kari is a proven and respected performer who knows the Norfolk area well. She is the ideal person to lead the next generation of WVEC,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement.

Jacobs was promoted from director of sales and takes over for Brad Ramsey, who was named Gannett’s VP of Sales last month.

Before coming back to WVEC, Jacobs was the local sales manager for Cox Media in Norfolk. She had been local sales manager at WVEC. Before that, she was the GSM of Sinclair’s FM radio station group on Norfolk.

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Gannett Bumps WXIA News Director to Corporate Office

gannett_logoEllen Crooke, news director for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, has been named VP of News for parent company Gannett Broadcasting.

Crooke was also the and regional news executive for Gannett. She started with the station group in 2002 as VP of news for WGRZ in Buffalo. She joined WXIA in 2008.

“Ellen is a passionate and innovative leader who is committed to reinventing local journalism in this digital age,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “We’re excited to have her on the corporate team.”

Crooke had also worked as news director at WNDU in South Bend, IN, assistant news director at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and as a producer for WOKR (now WHAM) in Rochester, NY, and WTEN in Albany.

Eric Land Out at WJXX-WTLV, Gannett Names Replacement

gannett_logoA Gannett spokesperson has confirmed with TVSpy, Eric Land, GM of its Jacksonville ABC and NBC affiliate WJXX-WTLV, is no longer with the station.

Gannett has named Land’s replacement. He’s Rob Mennie.

“Rob has been a trusted and important resource for Gannett Broadcasting for nearly two decades,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “While Rob will continue to be a valuable member of the Broadcasting corporate team, his talent and experience make him the right person to lead WTLV/WJXX.”

Mennie comes to WTLV-WJXX from Gannett’s corporate office where he was SVP of news for the station group. He started working for Gannett 25 years ago as executive news producer of WXIA in Atlanta. He has also worked as VP of news for WUSA in Washington, D.C., news director at WDTN in Dayton, OH, and assistant news director at KPNX in Phoenix.

Land was named GM of WJXX-WTLV in August 2012.

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Gannett Completes Acquisition of Six London Broadcasting Stations

gannett logoGannett Co. has completed the acquisition of six London Broadcasting stations in Texas for $215 million, the two companies announced today. Included in the sale are KCEN in Waco-Temple-Bryan, KYTX in Tyler-Longview, KIII in Corpus Christi, KBMT and digital subchannel KJAC in Beaumont-Port Arthur, KXVA in Abilene-Sweetwater and KIDY in San Angelo.

London Broadcasting COO Phil Hurley will continue to lead the stations, reporting to Gannett Broadcasting president Dave Lougee. With the sale, Gannett will reach 83 percent of the households in Texas.

WKYC Names Micki Byrnes Station Manager

byrnes_croppedMicki Byrnes has been named VP & station manager of Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

“She has made significant contributions to WKYC and Gannett during her career and I look forward to seeing her continued success in this new leadership role,” Dave Lougee, Gannett’s president of broadcasting said in a statement.

Byrnes came to WKYC in 1997 as director of marketing and promotion. Three years later, she was named VP of Advertising and Promotion.

“It will be an exciting and challenging role, one that I’ve spent the last 17 years building towards,” said Byrnes. “Northeast Ohio is a dynamic television market and I plan to keep WKYC in the forefront of winning news coverage with a strong brand tied to our growth as a region, and world class consumer service.”

Brooke Spectorsky will remain president GM and SVP of Gannett Broadcasting.

Gannett Broadcasting President Wins RTDNF First Amendment Award

dave lougeeDave Lougee, the president of Gannett Broadcasting, is the 2014 winner of the RTDNF’s First Amendment Leadership Award.

Lougee joined Gannett in 2007 from Belo Corporation, where he was the executive vice president of media operations. He is a former general manager and news director of KING in Seattle. He also worked as news director at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KUSA in Denver.

The First Amendment Leadership Award is given annually to a business or government leader that has contributed significantly to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

Related, TVNewser: Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards

“This award has been given to some of the most influential journalists of our time and shines a spotlight on the rights we hold dear. Dave, through his leadership, sets a terrific example for our broadcast journalists as they fight to protect First Amendment rights,” Gannett president and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement. “I congratulate Dave on this important and well-deserved honor.”

Denver’s KUSA Leads All NBC Affiliates During Olympics

KUSA, the Gannett Communications station in Denver, is the top-rated NBC-affiliate in the country for Olympic coverage among younger viewers in primetime, Gannett says.

KUSA pulled in the most viewers among the A25-54 demographic in primetime. KARE in Minneapolis and WXIA in Atlanta, also Gannett stations, place second and third, respectively.

“Working with NBC, our stations are doing terrific work bringing home the stories of our athletes throughout the communities we serve,” Gannett president Dave Lougee said in a statement. Read more

Mark Burdett Named President-GM of WUSA

Mark Burdett has been named president and general manager of WUSA, the CBS-affiliate in Washington, DC.

The move marks a return to the Washington, DC local television market for Burdett. He was vice president and station manager at rival WJLA, the ABC-affiliate, from 1996-98. Most recently, he was vice president of corporate sales and development for the Baltimore Ravens.

“His innovative thinking, proven team-building and community expertise make him an ideal fit for WUSA,” Dave Lougee, president of WUSA parent company Gannett Broadcasting, said in a statement. “He brings back to broadcasting a fresh perspective on serving our viewers and the community at large.”

Burdett replaces Allan Horlick, who announced his retirement in November.

Michael Caplan Named President, GM of KTHV

Michael Caplan has been named president and general manager of Gannett Broadcasting’s KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock.

Caplan spent the past 13 years in a variety of positions at Media General. He has been vice president and general manager of WBTW, the CBS affiliate in Florence-Myrtle Beach, SC, since 2006; in 2009, his responsibilities were expanded when Media General named him group leader for Florence-Myrtle Beach multimedia operations, where he oversaw WBTW, as well as a handful of print outlets in the market.

“Michael brings significant and proven multimedia experience to the team at [KTHV],” Gannett president Dave Lougee said in a statement. “His talents, combined with his passion for excellence make him the ideal leader of KTHV’s award-winning service to the people of Central Arkansas.”

Maria Barrs Joins Sacramento’s KXTV as President and General Manager

Gannett Broadcasting has named Maria Barrs president and general manager of KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Barrs has been the vice president and news director for KDFW, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Dallas, for 13 years.

“She is an innovative manager, having built ratings growth during an era of challenging times,” Gannett EVP Lynn Beall said in a statement. “Maria has overseen eight hours of live news production a day … We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber lead KXTV.”

The move is a return to the Sacramento market for Barrs, who began her career as a desk assistant at NBC affiliate KCRA. She joined KDFW in 1994 as managing editor and was named news director in 1998.

“Maria is an incredibly talented product leader,” Gannett president Dave Lougee said. “She has a passion for what she does, and it shows.”

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