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Graham Media Group Buys Social Media Startup

Graham-Media-Group-jpgGraham Media Group announced it has acquired SocialNewsDesk, a company providing social media management tools for newsrooms.

“We are excited to bring SocialNewsDesk into the Graham Media Group family,” Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said in a statement. “In fact, we have been their client and appreciate, firsthand, the value they provide to our newsrooms.”

According to the release, SocialNewsDesk gives local TV stations the tools to publish content and manage their social media presence “while providing news producers and writers the ability to better manage the flow of information put out on social platforms.”

SND said its next product “SND On Air” will allow TV stations to “curate, style and broadcast social content.”

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‘Post-Newsweek’ Name Retired, Company Now ‘Graham Media Group’

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Post-Newsweek Stations announced today the company would now be known as Graham Media Group, effective immediately. The name change comes after the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The company owns five television stations, WJXT in Jacksonville, WDIV in Detroit, KPRC in Houston, KSAT in San Antonio, and WKMG in Orlando.

In a statement, Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said the new name was a better fit for the company:

“Much like our parent company, Graham Holdings, this new name better reflects the diversity of our creative and innovative company,” said Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group. “We provide our communities with the best local news, programming and critical information, delivered on-air, on-line and on-demand, via our television stations, websites and social media, as well as 90 news, weather and community-focused mobile apps. In addition, we have recently made a strategic investment in Storm Pins, a crowd-sourced, social weather and breaking news app that connects you to your community, and we continue to look for ways to expand our reach into local communities through innovative digital media and web-based communications.”

Miami station WPLG, previously a Post-Newsweek station, was sold this year to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway

Emily Barr: Post-Newsweek Stations Not For Sale

Post-Newsweek_LogoEmily Barr, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek stations, is seeking to allay fears within the station group after the sale of WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, was announced this morning. In a memo to staffers obtained by TVSpy, Barr writes:

Please know that the decision to trade WPLG, which has long been an important part of the fabric of Post-Newsweek, was not made lightly or without regard to the implications this has for our remaining five stations. We are a broadcast group that has long been the envy of many in our industry and we remain healthy and influential. Let me assure you we will continue to innovate, lead and evolve far into the future.

When you are asked (and you will undoubtedly be asked) if Post-Newsweek Stations is for sale, you can emphatically state we are not. Don has asked me to innovate and grow our existing stations, not prepare them for sale.

Read the full memo after the jump. Read more

Post-Newsweek Names New GM at WPLG

medina_wplgPost-Newsweek Stations announced Bert Medina as vice president and general manager of its Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.

“Bert’s passion for television, combined with his deep knowledge of the Miami market and his 27 years working in both English- and Spanish-language television at the local and network levels, makes him the ideal choice to lead WPLG,” Emily Barr, president and chief executive officer of Post-Newsweek Stations said in a statement.

Medina replaces Dave Boylan who announced he was leaving the station in August.

Medina comes to WPLG from Cangas Communications, a media investment and management firm, which he founded and led. Previously, he spent 13 years with Univision where he last served as senior vice president and operating manager of the TeleFutura Television Network. Before coming to Univision, Medina worked for Sunbeam Television Corporation where he worked for 14 years. He started his career as a research analyst at WSVN in Miami.

What’s Next For ‘Katie’?

Broadcasting & Cable’s Michael Malone talks to local stations about “Katie” as the first season wraps. Although some stations are pleased with the show’s performance, local partners mostly say Katie Couric‘s talk show “did not meet ratings expectations,” Malone reports, and some stations are weighing their options for next season:

“The results have not been as strong as we would’ve liked,” says Emily Barr, former WLS Chicago general manager who now heads up the Post-Newsweek group. “We hope there’s some changing and tweaking to improve the connection with the audience.”

Station veterans say they are surprised that there’s not been talk of renewals at this point, especially with the future ironed out in recent weeks for Dr. Oz, Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey. “Everyone has their dates to the prom, or they’re not going to the prom,” says one GM airing Katie who asked to be unnamed. “Except one.”

[...] Katie‘s local partners are at least considering their options, if not acting on them. “You always explore what else might be on the horizon,” says Barr. “In some markets, maybe it’s something local.”

Post-Newsweek Adds ABC’s Live Well Network to Florida Stations

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting Post-Newsweek has inked a deal with ABC Owned Television Stations Group to air the Live Well Network on Post-Newsweek stations WPLG, the ABC affiliate for Miami and WKMG, the CBS affiliate for Orlando.  The Live Well Network is a digital channel airing lifestyle programs.

“The Live Well Network has shown great growth since launching and we have seen how viewers and advertisers are drawn to its creative, original programming,” Post-Newsweek president and chief executive officer Emily Barr said. “We are delighted to share Live Well with our viewers in Orlando and Miami.”

Barr co-founded Live Well Network while she was president and general manager of WLS, the ABC owned station in Chicago.

The Live Well Network will begin airing on the stations in the Spring and will bring the total U.S. clearance for the network to 70 percent.

New WLS GM: “The First Thing I’m Going to Do Is Reconnect with Everybody”

John Idler, who was named president and general manager of Chicago ABC O&O WLS earlier this week, hopes to do a lot of listening in his first days on the job.

“The first thing I’m going to do is to reconnect with everybody in the building and figure out where the departments are strategically,” Idler told Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder recently.  “Beyond that, as far as any long-terms plans or specific goals for the station, it’s way too early to talk about them.”

Idler joined WLS as an account executive in 1998 and served as vice president and general sales manager at the station before leaving to run WTVD, the ABC O&O in Raleigh-Durham. Read more

John Idler Named President-GM of WLS in Chicago

John Idler has been named president and general manager of WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, ABC announced today.

Idler joins WLS from WTVD, the ABC O&O in Raleigh-Durham, where he has been president and general manager for five years. The new position returns him to WLS, where he was vice president and general sales manager from 2004-07.

“John Idler’s outstanding track record in Raleigh-Durham and his earlier local TV management experience in Chicago demonstrate a consistent commitment to excellence in community service and station operations,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC O&Os, said in a statement.  “We all congratulate John on his promotion as he returns to WLS-TV in Chicago as President and General Manager.” Read more

WLS General Manager Emily Barr Tapped to Lead Post-Newsweek Stations

Emily Barr, who has been president and general manager of WLS since 1997, is leaving the Chicago ABC O&O to lead Post-Newsweek Stations, the television broadcasting division of the Washington Post Company.

Barr will join Post-Newsweek in July, replacing Alan Frank, who is retiring as president and CEO at the end of the year. Her last day at WLS is today.

“We are so fortunate to have Emily Barr join us,” Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, said in a statement. “She’s been an outstanding manager in one of the greatest companies in the industry and a force for innovation everywhere she’s been.” Read more

Chicago’s WLS Chooses Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner as ‘Oprah’ Successors

When stations around the country talk about “replacing” Oprah as she moves to cable, they don’t mean it quite as literally as Chicago’s WLS does. The station that Oprah has called home since the very beginning is now set to launch a brand-new live morning show in her soon-to-be-vacant timeslot.

The ABC-affiliate announced today that its Oprah replacement, the new 9 a.m. “Morning Rush” show, will be hosted by Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner.

Chicago viewers are already familiar with Chiaverini and Warner, who both have worked in the market for the past five years.  Chiaverini comes to “Morning Rush” from WLS’s sports department and Warner joins the station after working as a morning anchor and traffic reporter for WGN.

“We looked at hundreds of tapes and scores of auditions and found we had two enormously talented people right here in our own backyard,” said Emily Barr, WLS’s president and general manager, in making the announcement. “We are thrilled to have Valerie and Ryan as the face of our new show.”