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Brian Sather Named General Manager of KCCI

Brian SatherBrian Sather has been named president and general manager of KCCI, Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines. It is a move within Hearst for Sather, who has been GM of KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark. since 2010.

Sather replaces Paul Fredericksen, who is retiring after nearly 30 years at KCCI.

“Brian has a strong understanding of the local television business and a proven track record of success at our stations in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville and Omaha,” Hearst Television CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement.  “He will do an excellent job in leading KCCI and building upon the outstanding foundation developed by Paul.”

Before joining KHBS-KHOG, Sather spent 13 years at KETV, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Omaha. He began as national sales manager, then became local sales manager and general sales manager.

More from Hearst after the jump. Read more

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KCCI GM Paul Fredericksen Set to Retire

kcci logoAfter 27 years as president and general manager of KCCI in Des Moines, Paul Fredericksen is set to retire from the Hearst Television CBS affiliate.

“Paul has had a remarkable career at KCCI,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “The station’s many accomplishments over the years – characterized by its dedicated service to its community, its noteworthy coverage of Iowa’s high profile political campaigns, and its consistent ratings leadership – are a testament to Paul’s outstanding stewardship of a great television station.”

Fredericksen joined the station in 1973 as business manager. He was promoted to president and general manager in 1986.

“I can’t think of anywhere else that I would have rather spent 40 plus years of my life,” he said. “It has been a truly fulfilling experience – one I doubt I would have found anywhere else.”

Fredericksen will retire later this year. Hearst says a successor will be announced at a later date. The press release is after the jump. Read more

Angela Betasso Named VP of Sales at Hearst Television

Hearst Television has named Angela Betasso vice president of sales. Betasso joins Hearst from Belo Corp., where she has been vice president of sales since 2010.

Betasso’s appointment, expected to be effective in early 2014, will give her responsibility for sales activities at Hearst’s 29 stations. She will share oversight with Kathleen Keefe, who is also a Hearst Television vice president of sales.

“Angela’s distinguished herself in our industry as a top sales executive at one of the finest station groups,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “She appreciates the importance of local stations to their communities, and is experienced in serving marketing partners in today’s highly competitive multi-platform media world.  She and Kathleen will make a formidable team leading Hearst Television’s sales initiatives and future direction.”

Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Michael Hayes Named SVP of Hearst Television

Michael J. Hayes has been named senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Hayes comes from WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been president and general manager since 2011. Before that, he spent eight years as general manager of WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C.

“In every step of his career with Hearst Television he’s been a high performer, and we are delighted that he’ll be joining our talented management team in New York to work with our stations and help us compete at an even higher level in the years ahead,” Hearst Television CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement.

Hayes’ promotion is effective June 1. His replacement at WTAE will be named at a later date.

Barbara Maushard Expands Role as Hearst Television’s VP of News

Hearst Television’s Barbara Maushard is adding to her duties as vice president of news.

Maushard will oversee Hearst’s corporate news efforts, a role that was previously held by Brian Bracco. In November, Bracco was named general manager of KSHB in Kansas City.

Maushard has served in her current role since 2008. Before that, she was news director at three Hearst properties: WESH in Orlando, WISN in Milwaukee and KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark.

“Barb has served with distinction at several Hearst stations, leading award-winning news teams,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “Her dedication to quality and excellence in local journalism has been instrumental in the success our stations have had in serving their local audiences.”

David J. Barrett Named Chairman, Jordan Wertlieb Named President of Hearst Television

Hearst Television has announced two promotions: David J. Barrett has been named chairman and CEO and Jordan Wertlieb has been named president. Both promotions are effective immediately.

Barrett was named CEO of Hearst-Argyle Television in 2001 and continued in that role when the company was re-named Hearst Television in 2009. He joined Hearst as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations in 1984.

In a statement announcing the promotions, Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. called Barrett “an important leader at Hearst.” Read more

John Humphries Named General Manager at WGAL

John Humphries has been named president and general manager at WGAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa.

Humphries comes from WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., where he has been director of sales since 2006. He succeeds Paul Quinn, who announced his retirement in September.

“John brings a diverse background in news, multiplatform sales, and management to his new role at the helm of the leading TV station in the Lancaster-Harrisburg market,” Hearst Television president and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “He has the experience and vision to help build upon the outstanding legacy of Paul Quinn and the WGAL team.” Read more

Hearst Picks Dan Joerres to Succeed Jordan Wertlieb as WBAL’s President-GM

Hearst has chosen Dan Joerres, the general sales manager for the company’s NBC-affiliate in Winston-Salem/Greensboro, to succeed Jordan Wertlieb as president and general manager of Baltimore’s WBAL.

The company announced yesterday that Wertlieb, who had been WBAL’s president-GM since 2005, had been promoted to executive vice president.

“Dan is a talented television executive, well prepared to step into this important role at WBAL-TV,” David J. Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television Inc., said in making the announcement.  “I’m confident that Dan will provide outstanding leadership at WBAL, and work very effectively with the station’s highly talented, successful team to help make Baltimore’s best TV station even better in the years ahead.”

Joerres joined Winston-Salem’s WXII in 2008.  Before WXII, he spent ten years at Hearst’s ABC-affiliate WISN in Milwaukee.  A Milwaukee native, Joeress started with WISN as an account executive before working his way up to become a sales manager.

Hearst Promotes WBAL President-GM Jordan Wertlieb to Executive Vice President

Hearst Television has promoted Jordan Wertlieb to executive vice president. Wertlieb has been president and general manager of the Hearst-owned NBC-affiliate WBAL since 2005.

“Jordan has been an outstanding executive for Hearst Television in a variety of assignments over the past 17 years,” David J. Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, said in making the announcement. “As president and general manager of WBAL-TV, he has guided the station to enviable success in news, citizenship, sales and profitability, and reputation. He has great passion, energy and enthusiasm for our company and our industry.”

Wertlieb worked his way up through Hearst’s sales ranks, beginning in 1993 as national sales manager for Boston’s WCVB. In 1999, he moved to WBAL, where he served as general sales manager before being promoted to president and GM in 2005.

In his new role as the company’s EVP, Wertlieb will oversee the management of most of Hearst’s 29 TV stations.

While with WBAL, Wertlieb would occasionally appear on-camera to do editorial segments. Read more