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Mike Neelly Named News Director at WLWT, Andrea Stahlman to Replace Him at WLKY

There are leadership changes coming to Hearst stations in Cincinnati and Louisville. WLKY news director Mike Neelly will move to WLWT, and assistant news director Andrea Stahlman will replace him at WLKY.

Neelly joined WLKY in 1997 and was named news director three years later. During his time at the station, the CBS affiliate expanded its news operation and became the market’s ratings leader. At WLWT, Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, he replaces Stacy Owen, who is joining KNBC in Los Angeles.

“WLWT News 5 is fortunate to welcome a news director with Mike’s extensive experience and outstanding track record of success,” general manager Richard Dyer said in a statement. “With his exceptional leadership skills and strong news instincts, Mike is perfectly suited to build on the foundation of ratings growth and momentum for WLWT News 5.”

Stahlman will step into the news director role at WLKY on November 12. She has spent 12 years as the station’s assistant news director. Read more

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News Director Anzio Williams Leaving KCRA

Anzio Williams, who has been the news director at Sacramento’s KCRA since 2007, is set to leave the Hearst-owned station next Monday.

KCRA general manager Elliott Troshinsky announced Williams’s departure in an email to staff this week, saying that the veteran news director “has expressed a desire to pursue some other career interests and opportunities.”

Williams, who has been with Hearst for 14 years, joined KCRA after two years as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. Before that, he was the assistant ND at WESH in Orlando and at WCNC in Charlotte. Read more

News Director Dawn Dugle Departs KHBS-KHOG

Dawn Dugle is out as news director at KHBS-KHOG, after just over two years with the Hearst-owned station in Fort Smith-Fayetville.

KHBS-KHOG vice president and general manager Brian Sather confirmed Dugle’s departure with TVSpy but declined to elaborate on the nature of her exit.

Dugle was named ND at KHBS-KHOG at the beginning of 2010, after working as assistant ND for 18 months at WAPT, Hearst’s station in Jackson, MS.  Before WAPT, Dugle worked as an executive producer at KEYE in Austin and a news producer at WTVT in Tampa.

No word yet on who will replace Dugle at KHBS-KHOG.

WISN Airs Primetime Wisconsin Primary Special

With 42 delegates on the line in today’s Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin, Milwaukee ABC-affiliate WISN is set to air an election special at 9:00 p.m., placing it in a rare head-to-head local news match-up with Fox station WITI during the time slot.

WISN’s one-hour special makes good on Hearst’s pledge to have an elevated commitment to political coverage at its stations leading up to the presidential election later this year.

Kathy Mykleby, who anchors WISN’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will be at the anchor desk for the “Commitment 2012″ special along with correspondent Joyce Garbaciak and Mike Gousha, the host of WISN’s Sunday morning news show “UPFRONT.”  Craig McKee, Mykleby’s regular 10 p.m. co-anchor, will be reporting from the field. Read more

Hearst Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Hearst, which owns 29 TV stations across the country, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this week.

“This year marks an extraordinary milestone birthday for us,” Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., who has been with the company for 50 years, said in a recent letter to his colleagues.  “Hearst has now informed, inspired and entertained people for 125 years!”

Looking back at the company’s accomplishments, Bennack pointed out that “Hearst advanced TV’s progress forward when it connected viewers of WBAL in Baltimore to color TV as early as 1952.”

Hearst stations, including WBAL, are now running a banner atop their websites celebrating the company’s 125 years.

Betsy Braun Named Program Director At Hearst Stations in Boston, Manchester

Betsy Braun has been named program director for two Hearst-owned ABC-affiliates: WCVB in Boston and WMUR in Manchester.

Braun is a former vice president of programming at NBC Universal Television. She joins WCVB and WMUR from Braun Media & Marketing, a firm that specializes in digital marketing and PR campaigns for small businesses on the East Coast.

In announcing her hire, WCVB president and general manager Ben Fine said her “extensive experience in television programming will be a tremendous asset to the two stations.”

In addition to her role overseeing programming for both stations, Braun will also manage media relations for WCVB. Her first day is January 12.

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

‘Cubes’ Takes a VIP Tour of Hearst Tower

In this episode of “Cubes,” we take a behind-the-scenes tour of Hearst Tower, home to the likes of Esquire, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. The LEED-certified building contains an exclusive health club, a top-secret app lab, and a dining room that has hosted several U.S. presidents, among many other amazing features.

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‘Steve Harvey’ Set for 70% of the Country

“Steve Harvey,” the one-hour talk show hosted by, well, Steve Harvey, has now been sold in 70% of the country.

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution announced today that the show, which is set to debut next fall and has already been sold to NBC, Fox, CBS, Hearst and others, was recently purchased by a handful of station groups including Gannett, Gray, and Post Newsweek.

“‘Steve Harvey’ is the most versatile show to come to daytime syndication in a long time and the response that we have received in the marketplace in the past several weeks has been phenomenal,” NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution president Barry Wallach said in a statement.  “This new talk show has a unique appeal in daytime as Steve’s comedic approach to a wide array of relatable topics attracts a broad audience and allows all affiliates to benefit from his popularity.”

WBAL Calls the Cops on Children Protesting Station’s Political Coverage

Police were called to WBAL on Thursday afternoon after a group of protesters, roughly half of whom were children, gathered in the station parking lot demanding that the Hearst-owned NBC-affiliate dedicate more time to covering youth-focused issues such as education and neighborhood development in the current mayoral election.

The protest was put together by BUILD, a Baltimore not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a better future for the city’s youth, in an effort to convince local news outlets to spend less time covering the candidates’ plans for lowering property taxes and more time reporting on issues that directly affect the community’s young people.

“If young people were out shooting each other, they’d cover it,” declared BUILD leader Bishop Douglas I. Miles (above, right), surrounded by elementary school-aged children wearing bright blue t-shirts emblazoned with the organization’s logo, according to Baltimore Brew.

While the protesters chanted outside the WBAL building, staffers remained indoors. Read more

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