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Hearst and DISH Reach Retrans Agreement

hearst_dish_304Hearst Television has announced it has reached a retransmission agreement with DISH Network.

Hearst’s 29 stations were pulled from the satellite provider after the two couldn’t reach an agreement last night.

“We appreciate the support and patience of our viewers, advertisers and local communities served by our stations,” Hearst said in a statement. “We regret the inconvenience they’ve experienced over the past several hours. We are pleased the interruption was brief and that our stations have been restored on DISH Network systems.”

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Hearst Stations Pulled from Dish Over Retrans

Hearst_DishHearst’s 29 stations are off DISH Network today after retrans negotiations between the two companies broke down last night around 10:00 p.m.

“It appears that DISH does not have a problem with the rates we are seeking,” read one of the many press releases about the dispute sent by Hearst stations. We must note that in every release we got from the individual stations, this quote was attributed to that station’s GM.

The release went on to say, “But the DISH negotiating team is seeking other terms that we don‟t have in our deals with any other cable or satellite distributor or telco, nor do we have them in our current deal with DISH. Frankly, we are scratching our heads as to why DISH would hold their own customers and our viewers hostage for terms that are radically off-market.”

“Hearst blacked out its channels to use viewers as bargaining chips as it makes unreasonable demands on Dish and its customers,” Dish EVP and chief commercial officer Dave Shull said in a statement as quoted by Multichannel News. “We offered to keep the channels on while we try to reach a deal, but Hearst refuses to put viewers first.”

You can see examples of the releases after the jump. Read more

‘We Are the First Responders’: Station Group Heads Discuss Health of Local TV

NATPE_ConferenceTVSpy sat in on two of the TV Summit panel discussions at the “NYC TV Week” event this afternoon.

While the panel with Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Company, was held earlier than the lunchtime discussion with Valari Staab, president of NBC owned stations and Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC owned stations, much of the discussion revolved around the health of local stations.

“I actually had someone approach me who said ‘No one watches local news,’” said Liguori. “And they actually couldn’t be more wrong. This morning in LA, KTLA drew about 150,000 viewers. CNN probably drew 10,000. We’re so accustomed and trained to look at cable news on a national basis and never on a local basis. KTLA out delivered CNN ten times this morning. That’s incredibly powerful.” Read more

Hearst Stations Renew PolitiFact Partnership

Hearst Television has renewed its partnership with PolitiFact, the fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, for a second year.

“Conventional wisdom may hold that television stations relax political news coverage during non-election years, but the reality is different,” Hearst Television chairman and CEO David Barrett said in a statement. “These latest efforts reflect our own continuing commitment to ensure that legislators and regulators whose decisions impact our communities will get a forum, and that their statements and activities will receive the analysis they warrant.”

Hearst has also announced a series of statewide town hall discussions, “Leaders Listen,” in New Hampshire. WMUR, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Manchester, will live-stream the events.

KARE, WBNS, KUSA Win Cronkite Awards

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced the 2013 winners of the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

KARE, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, won for local broadcast station. The judges cited its coverage of the marriage equality debate, calling KARE’s reporting “fair, balanced and deeply personal.” WBNS in Columbus received a special commendation for citizen engagement. Denver’s KUSA was the winner of the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, a category that was just introduced to the awards this year.

Two reporters were honored for individual achievement at a local broadcast station. Marshall Zelinger, a content producer and presenter at KMGH in Denver, won for his “clarity of presentation” and “modern production techniques.” Tom McKee, a reporter at WCPO in Cincinnatti, received the special commendation for citizen engagement for his his extensive fieldwork. Read more

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

Bruce Barkley Named News Director at WYFF, Ben Hart to Replace Him at WAPT

WAPT news director Bruce Barkley (pictured) is moving from Jackson, Miss. to Greenville, S.C., where he will take over as news director of WYFF.

It is a move within Hearst for Barkley, who has served as WAPT’s news director since 2000. He will step into the role vacated by Justin Antoniotti, who is leaving WYFF to serve as news director for another Hearst station, WATE in Pittsburgh.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome someone of Bruce’s experience and knowledge,” WYFF general manager John Soapes said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of creating outstanding local television news programming, all while providing superior leadership and building great teams.”

Ben Hart, who has been assistant news director of WAPT since 2010, will step into the news director role at the Jackson ABC affiliate. Hart is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Read more

Hearst, WCVB Celebrate Anniversaries at Joint Party

Hearst threw a party at Boston’s Museum of Fine arts Thursday night to celebrate two milestone events: Hearst turning 125 and WCVB, the company’s ABC affiliate, turning 40.

The event, which was attended by 250 guests, included a private screening of Citizen Hearst at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among the attendees: musician John Legend, Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., WCVB general manager Bill Fine, anchor Susan Wornick, traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk, past general manager Paul LaCamera, reporter Liam Martin (pictured left), anchor Emily Riemer (pictured center) and meteorologist JC Monahan (pictured right).

More pictures after the jump… Read more

WTVG Adds Two Meteorologists and a Reporter

Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG has made three new hires, according to the Toledo Blade: Ross Ellet (left), Nichole Langley (center) and Daryl Kirkland-Morgan (right).

Ellet is a meteorologist who joined WTVG from the Ohio News Network, which shuttered earlier this year. Before that, he was a weekend meteorologist for KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s duopoly in Fayetteville, Ark.

Langley, also a meteorologist, will serve as WTVG’s weekday traffic anchor and reporter and will also be an occasional weather anchor. She comes from KFBB in Great Falls, Mont., where she has been the morning meteorologist since 2010. Read more

Paige Harrison Named News Director at WPBF

Paige Harrison is joining WPBF as news director.  Harrison comes to the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate from WTAE in Pittsburgh where she was assistant news director.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to return to Florida and join the area’s most talented and hard-working local news team,” said Harrison. “WPBF 25 has seen historic ratings growth, and I look forward to further strengthening our commitment to the South Florida viewers.”

Harrison, who moves from one Hearst station to another, fills the empty chair vacated by Kyle Grimes’ promotion to president and general manager of Hearst Stations WPTZ-WNNE in Plattsburgh-Burlington.

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