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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

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John Soapes Named President-GM of Hearst’s WYFF

Hearst has promoted John Soapes, who has served as general sales manager of the company’s Orlando CW-affiliate for the past decade, to president and general manager of WYFF, a NBC-affiliate serving the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

“John is an outstanding broadcast executive, more than ready to take on the opportunity of leading WYFF,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, adding that the company is “delighted to bring a native South Carolinian home.”

Soapes succeeds Michael Hayes, who was recently appointed to president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate.

Soapes began his career as an account executive with WTAT in Charleston, SC.