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Media General Names Don Pratt GM of WCBD

pratt wcbdMedia General has named Don Pratt VP and GM of Charleston, S.C., NBC affiliate WCBD.

This is a return to Charleston for Pratt who was news director of CBS affiliate WCSC from 2001-2005.

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcast leader to WCBD,” Bob Peterson, VP of broadcast markets for Media General said in a statement. “Don understands the Charleston market from a news perspective and what drives its audience.”

Pratt comes to WCBD from Sinclair owned KBOI-KYUU in Boise, ID, where he was VP and GM. Before that he was news director of KATU in Portland, OR, for six years. He has also worked at WHDH in Boston, WCSC in Charleston, and KGO in San Francisco.

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KBOI Pulls Controversial Promo Spots Off Air

KBOI_spotsSinclair owned Boise, ID, CBS affiliate KBOI recently ran a couple of promos that seemed to promote a political agenda rather than the station.

While one told viewers “KBOI believes that the best government is small government” the other went after health care reform.

Don Pratt, KBOI VP and GM told the Boise Weekly, “Our intention was to create a bold new marketing message.”

One viewer voiced his opinion of the spots on the station’s facebook page, “Your new commercial is appalling, it’s Fox News Lite. Maybe a boycott of your station is in order until you decide to stop telling people what kind of government they should have and you start reporting the news again in an objective and unbiased manner.”

Pratt added his station didn’t mean “to create a spot that creates an impression of bias. But to the extent that we’ve done that, we’re obviously going to be held accountable for that.”

The spots have stopped airing. Read more

Don Pratt Tapped as VP-GM of Boise’s KBOI-KYUU

Don Pratt is stepping into the role of vice president and general manager at KBOI-KYUU, the Fisher Communications duopoly in Boise.

Pratt comes from the Fisher-owned station in Portland, ABC-affiliate KATU, where he has been the vice president and news director since 2006. Prior to that, he worked at WHDH in Boston, WCSC in Charleston and KGO in San Francisco.

“We’ve been very pleased with Don’s performance at KATU, where he took our news product to its next level, establishing the strongest news brand in the market,” said KATU general manager John Tamerlano, who is also the SVP of Fisher Regional Television. Read more

Sports Director Katy Brown Departs KATU

Katy Brown has departed KATU after seven years as the station’s sports director.

KATU news director Don Pratt confirmed Brown’s departure to TVSpy but would not give any details about what led to her exit.

Brown has been covering the Portland sports scene since 2000.  She was recently named Oregon Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Weekend sports anchor Craig Birnbach, who has been with KATU since 2007, has replaced Brown on the station’s evening newscasts this week. Read more

Portland Stations Draw Big Numbers with Overnight Coverage of Occupy Clash

Portland stations provided wall-to-wall coverage of the clash between the city’s Occupy protestors and police early Sunday morning, after mayor Sam Adams warned demonstrators on Saturday that they would face eviction at midnight.  The stations’ commitment to covering the confrontation paid off as viewership spiked beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

“I think there was a definite interest across all television stations here in Portland,” KATU news director Don Pratt told The Oregonian, saying that viewership was “two to three times” higher than normal. Read more