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Posts Tagged ‘John Cardenas’

As Angela Buchman’s Debut Nears, Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright to Exit WTHR

Chief meteorologist Chris Wright is leaving WTHR, Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Wright’s exit comes as the station prepares for the September arrival of Angela Buchman, who joins WTHR from rival WISH after sitting out a yearlong non-compete clause in her contract. Wright told NewsBlues that WTHR offered him “a huge pay cut and a reduced role” and said he would “go try to catch on somewhere else.”

“Despite our efforts and wanting him to remain at WTHR, Chris has chosen to look for other opportunities,” Dispatch vice president of news John Cardenas told the Indianapolis Star.

WTHR has yet to respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

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WXIN General Manager Moves to Rival WTHR

Dispatch Broadcast Group has named Larry Delia president and general manager of WTHR-WALV in Indianapolis. Delia comes from rival WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2011.

“Larry is a highly respected broadcaster, with years of experience in skillfully managing high performance television stations,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement. “His knowledge of the Indianapolis market is a wonderful asset, and I couldn’t be happier that he will be joining our station in Indianapolis.”

Before joining WXIN, Delia worked as VP-GM of WPMT in Harrisburg and WGNO in New Orleans.

Delia succeeds John Cardenas, who was recently promoted to president-GM of WBNS and vice president of news for Dispatch. More in the full press release after the jump. Read more

John Cardenas Named President and General Manager of WBNS in Columbus

John Cardenas has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group and president and general manager of WBNS, the company’s CBS affiliate in Columbus.

It is a return to the station for Cardenas, who was news director at WBNS from 1999-2010. For the past three years, he has been general manager of WTHR, Dispatch’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis. In his new role, he will oversee both stations.

“We are thrilled that John will be returning to Columbus where I’m sure he will build upon the market leadership of 10TV and will take the executive lead of our broadcast news operations in Columbus and Indianapolis,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement.

Cardenas replaces Tom Griesdorn, who will retire from WBNS in June after 14 years as president and general manager.

“It’s an honor to come back home to Columbus, yet still be involved in the award-winning journalism being done at both stations,” Cardenas said.

Kathy Hostetter Named News Director at WTHR

Kathy Hostetter has been named news director at WTHR, Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Hostetter, who was an executive producer at WTHR from 1998-2002, will begin in her new role on May 6. Since April 2010, she has been news director at WAVE in Louisville. She has also worked as news director at WISE in Fort Wayne, Ind. and WAVY in Portsmouth, Va.

“Kathy is a remarkable and highly-regarded news leader with years of experience in major markets. As a former Executive News Producer here at WTHR, her local experience is a tremendous asset,” WTHR GM John Cardenas said in a statement. “I am excited that she will be joining us.”

Hostetter replaces Keith Connors, who left WTHR when his contract expired last year.

Former Employee Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against WTHR

The former executive assistant to WTHR general manager John Cardenas has filed an age and sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Indianapolis NBC affiliate and Dispatch Broadcast Group, WTHR’s parent company. The Indianapolis Business Journal has details of the lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana:

In the suit, [Debbie] Wiley describes a work environment at WTHR that lacked any sort of grandeur. Wiley alleged Cardenas on multiple occasions was drunk while at work, “during which times his inappropriate behavior was even more exaggerated.”

Given her close working relationship with Cardenas as his assistant, “she bore the brunt of it,” Wiley’s attorney, Eric Pavlack, told IBJ. Wiley claims the station president also made inappropriate sexually suggestive “and/or romantically suggestive physical contact” with her.

At one point last June, she states in court records, “Cardenas was drunk at work and kept getting into my personal space, which made me uncomfortable. I reported this to management, as well.” Read more

WTHR Launching Spanish Language Webcast

Indianapolis NBC-affiliate WTHR is launching a local Spanish language news webcast today.

Anchored by Marco Dominguez and Rossina Lazaneo (pictured), the webcast will be taped in the WTHR studios and provide the typical mix of news, weather, and sports.  It will “air” every weekday on WTHR.com.

“The Hispanic population continues to grow in Indianapolis, so we’re extremely pleased to be able to provide this valuable newscast on the web,” said WTHR president and general manager John Cardenas. Read more

B&C Names Top Local TV Executives of The Year

Broadcasting & Cable is out with its annual “Local TV Executives of the Year” list (subscription required). B&C contends that 2011 was a remarkable year for the local landscape — with tornadoes in Tuscaloosa and Joplin, with Hurricane Irene, and with the ever-present problem of how to make it all work on a shoestring budget:

From floods to wildfires, and even that once-in-a-century earthquake that rocked the East Coast, local stations were at times forced to report under the most trying circumstances. Because that is what their FCC license mandates, and that is what their DNA tells them to do.

After the jump, read the full list of B&C winners. Read more

On the Move, 1/31/11

Robert Townsend joins Fox-affiliate WDAF in Kansas City as a General Assignment Reporter. Robert most recently worked at the CBS-affiliate in St. Louis and the Fox O&O in Atlanta. Robert, who has won numerous awards for his work including an Emmy in 2007, is a graduate of the University Of Missouri.
Robert is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

Jamie Holmes succeeds Liz Artz as morning anchor at Orlando’s WFTV. Artz is leaving the ABC-affiliate to be with her husband, who works in Atlanta. Holmes, who has recently been appearing alongside Artz on WFTV’s weekend newscasts, used to work for West Palm Beach’s WPTV.

John Cardenas has received a more significant title at Indianapolis NBC-affiliate WTHR. Cardenas was promoted to president and general manager after serving as vice president and general manager since June of 2010.

Jere Crosby joins CBS-owned San Francisco duopoly KPIX/KBCW as Account Executive Business Development from KGO Radio.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Indianapolis’ WTHR Hires Established ND Keith Connors to Lead Its Newsroom

Indianapolis’ WTHR announced today that Keith Connors will be its new news director. Connors left Houston’s KHOU in November after five years as ND.

“I am very excited about the leadership Keith will provide ‘Eyewitness News,’” said WTHR vice president and general manager John Cardenas in making the announcement. “Keith will be instrumental in taking WTHR to new levels of success.”

Connors has an impressive track record.  During his time at KHOU, the Belo-owned station brought home two national Emmy awards, two duPont Columbia awards, and six national Edward R. Murrow awards. Before joining KHOU, Connors spent seven years as news director at another Belo-owned station, Charlotte’s WCNC. While at WCNC, Connors’ newsroom was the focus of a five-part PBS documentary titled “Local News.”

Connors is set to join WTHR, a NBC-affiliate owned by Dispatch Broadcast, on January 12. “It’s exciting to be part of a newsroom and a television station with such a rich tradition of quality journalism,” he said.