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Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

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David Hart Named General Manager of WRBL

David Hart has been named vice president and general manger of WRBL, Media General’s CBS-affiliate in Columbus, GA.

Hart is a 20-year TV news veteran who most recently served as director of content for Media General’s TV, web, and print operations in Myrtle Beach and Florence, SC, including CBS-affiliate WBTW.  From 2005-2010, he was the news director at WBTW.

“David has exceptional journalistic instincts, which, combined with his drive, strong work ethic and experience, position him well to lead our station in Columbus,” said John Cottingham, president and market leader for Media General’s mid-south market.

His first day will be March 12.

Brad Moses Named President-GM of Tampa’s WFLA

Media General has named Brad Moses president and general manager of WFLA, the NBC-affiliate in Tampa. His appointment is effective March 26.

The move is a return to WFLA for Moses, who was director of marketing at the station from 2002-07. He joins WFLA from another Media General station, WNCN in Raleigh, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2009.

Moses replaces John Cottingham, who was named interim general manager of the station in November after Media General made several management changes at WFLA.

“I am pleased to bring such a talented broadcast professional back to our Tampa station,” Cottingham said in a statement. “His leadership abilities and his knowledge of the Tampa community will be very valuable to our customers and employees.”

Randy Ingram Named VP-GM Of WBTW

Media General has named Randy Ingram vice president and general manager at WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach.

Ingram joined Media General in 2005 as station manager and general sales manager of WYCW in Spartanburg, SC. Since 2010, he has been general manager and general sales manager of WRBL in Columbus.

In announcing the hire, Media General’s Mid-South president and market leader John Cottingham said Ingram is “well-suited to deliver for us in Myrtle Beach-Florence.”

“I am delighted for Randy to bring his many talents and great ideas to our station,” he said. Read more

Media General, Verizon Settle Retrans Dispute

WFLA in Tampa-St. Petersburg and WJAR in Providence are still available to Verizon FiOS customers after last-minute negotiations for a new retransmission consent contract came together on Friday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. WFLA interim general manager John Cottingham praised “strong viewer support” as a factor in the successful negotiations.

“This means our loyal local viewers can continue to watch WFLA NBC/News Channel 8 and Me-TV for many years to come,” he said in a statement.

Changes Atop WFLA as Media General Shakes Up Tampa Leadership

Media General has named John Cottingham interim general manager of WFLA as part of a series of personnel changes connected to the Tampa NBC-affiliate and its news partner The Tampa Tribune.

Citing a Tampa economy that has seemingly plateaued, John Schauss, vice president of Media General market operations, today announced that the company is moving a number of executives out of its Tampa-based Florida division.  According to The Tampa Tribune, those leaving Tampa are John Schueler, president of the Florida division; Denise Palmer, vice president of news; and Cathy Helean, vice president of marketing. Read more

Jimmy Cromwell Upped To VP-GM at WJTV-WHLT

Jimmy Cromwell will take over as vice president and general manager at two Media General stations in Mississippi, WJTV in Jackson and WHLT in Hattiesburg, on September 19. Both stations are CBS affiliates.

The move marks a promotion for Cromwell, who has been WJTV’s director of revenue since 2009. Before that, he has held sales management positions at Birmingham’s WBMA, Atlanta’s WGCL and Jacksonville’s WJXX.

“Jimmy is a sales veteran and his familiarity with the region and our Jackson and Hattiesburg markets makes him well-suited to deliver for us,” John Cottingham, Media General’s Mid-South president and market leader.

Cromwell replaces Robert Romine, who starts as president and general manager of WSPA-WYCW in Spartanburg next week.

Robert Romine Named President and GM of WSPA

Robert Romine will take over as president and general manager of Media General’s Spartanburg, SC duopoly WSPA-WYCW on September 19.

Romine has been the vice president of two Media General stations in Mississippi — WJTV in Jackson and WHLT in Hattiesburg — since 2003. Both stations are CBS affiliates.

“Bob has provided strong leadership in Jackson and Hattiesburg, and he has had an outstanding career in the broadcast industry,” said John Cottingham, president and market leader for Media General’s Mid-South market. “He is the ideal executive leader for Spartanburg.”

Romine succeeds Phil Lane as general manager at WSPA-WYCW, which are the CBS and CW affiliates in the market. Before joining Media General, Romine was VP-GM of WYTV in Youngstown, OH and WHQA in Quincy, IL.