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Hearst Stations Renew PolitiFact Partnership

Hearst Television has renewed its partnership with PolitiFact, the fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, for a second year.

“Conventional wisdom may hold that television stations relax political news coverage during non-election years, but the reality is different,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David Barrett said in a statement. “These latest efforts reflect our own continuing commitment to ensure that legislators and regulators whose decisions impact our communities will get a forum, and that their statements and activities will receive the analysis they warrant.”

Hearst has also announced a series of statewide town hall discussions, “Leaders Listen,” in New Hampshire. WMUR, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Manchester, will live-stream the events.

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Hearst, Time Warner Reach Retrans Agreement

Hearst Television and Time Warner Cable have agreed on a new retransmission consent deal, ending a viewer blackout that has been ongoing since July 10.

“We have reached a long-term agreement with Hearst Television and our customers can expect their signals to be restored to our cable systems shortly. We thank our customers for their patience and their willingness to stick with us through another unnecessary broadcaster blackout,” a statement from Time Warner reads.

“We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations, and we regret the inconvenience they’ve experienced over the past 10 days,” said Hearst TV president and CEO David Barrett. “This process has been an important step to insure the ongoing vitality of our local TV service in communities across the country.” Read more

GM Paul Sands to Retire From WPTZ-WNNE; WPBF News Director Tapped as Replacement

Paul Sands, president and general manager of Hearst Television’s WPTZ-WNNE in Plattsburgh-Burlington, has announced his retirement.

Sands will be succeeded by Kyle Grimes, who is currently the news director at another Hearst station, WPBF in Palm beach. The move is return to WPTZ-WNNE for Grimes, who was news director at the stations from 2005-08.

In a statement announcing the moves, Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said the management transition “takes on special significance, with Kyle Grimes succeeding his one-time mentor Paul Sands at the helm of our stations.”

Sands will stay on for the next few months during the transitional period, according to the statement. Read more

Hearst Television Senior VP Philip Stolz to Retire

Philip Stolz, who has been senior vice president of Hearst Television since 1998, will retire next year, the company announced today.

The retirement caps more than 40 years in the television industry. Stolz began his career as an account executive and sales manager at WXOW in La Crosse, WI, and eventually went on to serve as general manager for WBAL in Baltimore, WDTN in Dayton, WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, and KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA.

“Phil’s insightful understanding of television news, programming, sales and community engagement, coupled with his sound business judgment, has contributed enormously to the success and positive reputation of our company,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement.  Read more

Hearst Stations Expand Political Coverage As 2012 Election Cycle Officially Begins

As the 2012 election cycle officially kicks off in Iowa, Hearst Television today announced an elevated commitment to political coverage at its 25 stations for the year.

In a statement, Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said the goal is to provide viewers with “thoughtful, in-depth and responsible” news coverage of the political process, “on-air, online and on-the-go.”

The project, “Commitment 2012,”  is a renewal of past election-year efforts made by Hearst’s stations. The cornerstone feature of the expanded election coverage is a pledge to cover political news for a minimum of 12 minutes per day in the month leading up to the primary or general election in each station’s respective market. Read more

Ariel Roblin Named President, GM of KETV in Omaha

Ariel Roblin was named president and general manager of KETV, the ABC-affiliate in Omaha, Hearst Television announced today.

Roblin joined KETV in May 2010 from KRCR-KAEF in Redding, CA. Her appointment, a promotion from general sales manager, is effective immediately.

“Her appreciation for localism and the importance of a quality news service, along with her solid business credentials, will make her an effective leader of KETV as it serves the Omaha community on-air, online and on-the-go,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement.

Roblin replaces Sarah Smith, who took over as president and general manager of KMBC-KCWE in Kansas City on September 6.

KMBC-KCWE Names Sarah Smith President and General Manager

Sarah Smith will take over as president and general manager of Hearst-owned duopoly KMBC-KCWE — the Kansas City ABC and CW affiliates, respectively — on September 6. She replaces Wayne Godsey, who announced his retirement in June after more than 40 years in the business.

Smith stays within Hearst even as she changes jobs — she has been president and general manager of Hearst-owned KETV, the ABC affiliate in Omaha, since 2007. Under Smith’s leadership, KETV has excelled, leading its competitors across every newscast.

“The station is Omaha’s local news leader, with an outstanding reputation for journalism excellence and service to the community,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement. “And KETV’s consistently strong revenue and profit performance attests to her impressive business credentials.”

Smith has worked at eight stations nationwide, including as the VP-GM of both KRCR in Chico, CA and KAEF in Eureka, CA. Hearst has not yet announced a replacement for her at KETV.

Wayne Godsey Will Retire From KMBC-KCWE

After more than 40 years in the local news business, KMBC-KCWE president and general manager Wayne Godsey will retire later this year.

Godsey has been at the helm of the Hearst-owned Kansas City duopoly since 1999. Under his watch, KMBC has been recognized for news excellence several times, including two Edward R. Murrow Awards this year.

“KMBC’s longstanding tradition of strong news leadership and dedicated community service remain a model for television stations throughout the Midwest,” said Hearst Television President and CEO David Barrett, in announcing the move. Read more

Suzanne Grethen Upped to VP for Hearst Corporate

Suzanne Grethen, who’s worked in markets including La Crosse, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Orlando is packing her bags for New York City where she’s just been named VP of Promotion & Marketing for Hearst Television. Grethen has been Creative Services Director at Hearst’s WESH-TV in Orlando since 2000.

“Suzanne brings a breadth of experience to her new role, having served in small, medium and large television markets, developing innovative on-air, online and outside media strategies,” says Hearst Television CEO David Barrett. “She will play an integral leadership role in advancing the visibility of our local brands and media platforms, working with all 25 Hearst Television markets.”

Before Orlando, Grethen worked at Hearst’s WISN-TV in Milwaukee, WLUK-TV in Green Bay and WXOW-TV in La Crosse in marketing and promotions roles.

John Soapes Named President-GM of Hearst’s WYFF

Hearst has promoted John Soapes, who has served as general sales manager of the company’s Orlando CW-affiliate for the past decade, to president and general manager of WYFF, a NBC-affiliate serving the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

“John is an outstanding broadcast executive, more than ready to take on the opportunity of leading WYFF,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, adding that the company is “delighted to bring a native South Carolinian home.”

Soapes succeeds Michael Hayes, who was recently appointed to president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate.

Soapes began his career as an account executive with WTAT in Charleston, SC.

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