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Bill Cummings Out as News Director At WICU

wicu wseeBill Cummings is no longer news director at WICU-WSEE.

EVP John Christianson told TVSpy, Cummings recently resigned from the Erie, Pa. NBC and CBS station.

A check of the station’s website shows assistant news director Tim Mello is listed as news director. Mello told TVSpy he was named news director at the beginning of September, but didn’t take over until October 13.

Mello started his career at WICU in August 2010. He is a graduate of Waynsesburg University.

Before coming to WICU in 2012, he worked at KSWT in Yuma, Ariz. He has also worked in Tucson, Evansville, Ind., Huntington, W. Va and the Tri-Cities, Tenn.

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John Christianson to Head Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division

Lilly Broadcasting LogoJohn Christianson has been named executive vice president of Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division and general manager of One Caribbean Television.

Christianson was replaced as GM of Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG by Peter Veto who was director of sales and national sales manager for both WTVG and WJRT as well as serving as GM of SJL Broadcasting’s WJRT.

“It’s been an honor to work at WTVG with the fantastic staff and management team, to continue the tradition of excellence in journalism and involvement in the community,” said Christianson in a statement.

Previously, Christianson worked as news director and later GM of WSEE in Erie, PA. He has also served as GM at WICU and WBEP in Erie and is credited for his involvement in creating and finding distribution for One Caribbean Television.

Ex-ABC O&Os Get New GMs in Ownership Change

The two former ABC O&Os recently sold to SJL Broadcasting now have new station heads. The general managers of both WJRT in Flint and WTVG in Toledo have decided to leave their posts and SJL has appointed replacements.

WJRT’s Tom Bryson and WTVG’s David Zamichow have opted to leave on their own, according to Broadcasting & Cable, as SJL prepares to take over ownership of the stations this week.

“Both of them are class people,” SJL president George Lilly told B&C. “We would’ve kept both in a heartbeat.”

Bryson and Zamichow are being replaced by two TV veterans that have worked for the Lilly family.  Peter Veto has been named GM of WJRT while John Christianson has been handed the reins of WTVG. Read more