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.
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The rumor mill about talent changes on NBC’s “Today” continues to churn. The latest news, from The Hollywood Reporter, is that Ann Curry will remain at NBC in a “substantial” role after her exit from the program, a move which is supported by the NBC affiliates, Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone reports:
The NBC affiliates have heard nothing from the network about changes to frontline talent at the venerable franchise, and several station chiefs were reluctant to speak on the record, including affiliates board chairman Jordan Wertlieb, until things are official. But several say the problems at Today, which has famously seen its lead over ABC’s Good Morning America shrink in recent months, will continue until a change is made. They echo the oft-uttered charge that Curry and Matt Lauer lack chemistry, believe she does not successfully connect with female viewers, and say Curry is too rigid on the show’s frilly bits.
“The thing we look for in television is chemistry, chemistry, chemistry,” says one East Coast GM at an NBC station who asked to not be named. Read more
Philip Stolz, who has been senior vice president of Hearst Television since 1998, will retire next year, the company announced today.
The retirement caps more than 40 years in the television industry. Stolz began his career as an account executive and sales manager at WXOW in La Crosse, WI, and eventually went on to serve as general manager for WBAL in Baltimore, WDTN in Dayton, WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, and KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA.
“Phil’s insightful understanding of television news, programming, sales and community engagement, coupled with his sound business judgment, has contributed enormously to the success and positive reputation of our company,” Hearst president and CEO David Barrett said in a statement. Read more
According to The Baltimore Sun, Banister’s contract was not renewed by the station and her last day will be Wednesday.
“I want to make this clear: This is not my choice,” Banister told the Sun‘s David Zurawik. “I’m not retiring. I’m not leaving to ‘spend more time with my family.’”
Banister will have an opportunity to say goodbye to viewers at the end of her final 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, while also bidding farewell to her longtime co-anchor Rod Daniels. Together, Banister and Daniels are the longest running anchor team in Baltimore. Read more
More than a chance to hype new programs, NBC’s upfront presentation today was an opportunity for the network to gain affiliates’ confidence in its new marriage with Comcast.
Affiliates were reportedly impressed with NBC’s new slate of shows, including the “Glee”-esque “Smash” and the Chelsea Handler comedy “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” but more importantly, according to Broadcasting & Cable, they saw a long-term strategy taking shape.
“We saw a plan,” Brian Lawlor, chairman of the NBC affiliates board, told B&C. “We saw a long-term strategy designed to return the network to its heyday.”
After NBC previewed the upcoming season, network executives met with affiliates and stressed their commitment to broadcasting.
The company announced yesterday that Wertlieb, who had been WBAL’s president-GM since 2005, had been promoted to executive vice president.
“Dan is a talented television executive, well prepared to step into this important role at WBAL-TV,” David J. Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television Inc., said in making the announcement. “I’m confident that Dan will provide outstanding leadership at WBAL, and work very effectively with the station’s highly talented, successful team to help make Baltimore’s best TV station even better in the years ahead.”
Joerres joined Winston-Salem’s WXII in 2008. Before WXII, he spent ten years at Hearst’s ABC-affiliate WISN in Milwaukee. A Milwaukee native, Joeress started with WISN as an account executive before working his way up to become a sales manager.
“Jordan has been an outstanding executive for Hearst Television in a variety of assignments over the past 17 years,” David J. Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, said in making the announcement. “As president and general manager of WBAL-TV, he has guided the station to enviable success in news, citizenship, sales and profitability, and reputation. He has great passion, energy and enthusiasm for our company and our industry.”
Wertlieb worked his way up through Hearst’s sales ranks, beginning in 1993 as national sales manager for Boston’s WCVB. In 1999, he moved to WBAL, where he served as general sales manager before being promoted to president and GM in 2005.
In his new role as the company’s EVP, Wertlieb will oversee the management of most of Hearst’s 29 TV stations.
While with WBAL, Wertlieb would occasionally appear on-camera to do editorial segments. Read more