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Cox ‘Welcomes New TV Stations in Boston, Memphis’

cox_media_group_304Cox Media Group sent out a press release today welcoming the employees of its two newest stations and updating them on management changes.

Cox acquired WHBQ in Memphis and WFXT in Boston from FOX in exchange for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In what is essentially a GM swap, KTVU GM Tom Raponi will follow the station group to Boston, becoming the new GM of WFXT. FOX announced yesterday WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will follow FOX to KTVU and replace Raponi. John Koski will stay on as GM of WHBQ.

“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at Cox Media Group, in Boston and in Memphis who made today a reality,” Jane Williams, CMG’s EVP of Television said in a statement. “We look forward to supporting these new stations as they continue playing key roles in their communities; providing vital news, information and entertainment to their audiences; and offering targeted sales solutions to their clients.”

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FOX Deal for KTVU to Close this Week, New GM and News Director Announced

KTVU LOGO_304x200TVSpy has learned the deal for the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU is expected to close this week.

FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy has revealed the new management for KTVU as part of the ownership change from Cox to FOX.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, Abernethy told staffers WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will be named VP and GM of KTVU-KICU while, as FTVLive first reported, Dana Hahn from FOX’s Washington, D.C. station WTTG will be named VP and news director. Abernethy also announced Mellynda Hartel will be named VP and GSM of the soon-to-be FOX owned station.

‘No One in the Newsroom is Happy’ as Boston Station Prepares for New Owners

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The deal’s not done, but nerves are on edge at Fox 25 in Boston. “No one in the newsroom is 
happy,” the Boston Herald quotes an unnamed source inside the station. “No one here knows what’s happening.”

Fox is set to swap WFXT to Cox Media Group in exchange for Cox’s San Francisco station–and current Fox affiliate–KTVU. The companies will keep their general managers, sending KTVU’s Tom Raponi to Boston, while WFXT’s Gregg Kelley heads to San Francisco. The Herald reports staffers in Boston fear they may also inherit KTVU’s news director:

Raponi’s current news director in San Francisco is Lee Rosenthal, and a Left Coast blog reported that he has put his Bay-area house on the market — possibly signaling a move east. But Raponi told us yesterday that it’s too early to speculate about personnel moves.

“We have not even closed on the deal,” Raponi said. “It would be premature to make any personnel decisions, but as soon as we have something, we will announce it.” Read more

WFXT Expanding Morning, Weekend Newscasts

Boston Fox O&O WFXT is expanding its local newscasts beginning next month, VP-GM Gregg Kelley announced today.

Beginning in July, WFXT’s morning newscast, anchored by Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire, will launch a half-hour earlier, at 4 a.m. The station will also launch a weekend newscast at 6 p.m. The weekend newscast will launch July 7, and the 4 a.m. morning newscast will debut on July 9.

“This additional expansion reflects our ongoing commitment to covering news for the viewers wherever and whenever it happens,” Kelley said in a statement.

Paul McGonagle Picked to Lead WFXT Newsroom

Boston’s WFXT has picked Paul McGonagle to lead its news department. The Fox O&O announced today that McGonagle, who has served as assistant news director since 2004, has been named vice president and news director.

“Paul is a talented, creative and dedicated news manager with extensive Boston market knowledge and experience,” said Gregg Kelley, WFXT’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the promotion. “He has excelled as the Assistant News Director for this station over the past seven years and has earned the opportunity to be the next leader of our news operations.”

Before joining WFXT, McGonagle served as a general assignment reporter and later assistant news director for Providence’s WJAR. He began his TV career as an anchor and reporter for Burlington’s WNNE.

“I’m excited for the incredible opportunity and the privilege to lead such a talented news team,” McGonagle said. “I look forward to continuing to serve our viewers in the Boston market, my hometown.”