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WCVB Win 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Overall Excellence’

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Boston’s WCVB has reason to celebrate: Last night, at the 2014 Murrow Awards ceremony in New York (presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association) the ABC affiliate won the national Edward R. Murrow award for “Overall Excellence” in the Television (large market) category. This is the second time in three years the station has won this award.

The “Overall Excellence” award recognizes WCVB’s collective work from the past year, including its extensive coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing as well as its newscasts, breaking news, continuing coverage, investigations, features, weather and sports.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive the National Murrow award for the second time in three years,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “An award of this caliber, that’s bestowed by our peers, is the highest form of praise.”  Read more

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Hearst Television VP of Sales Kathleen Keefe to Retire

kathleen keefeKathleen Keefe, the vice president of sales at Hearst Television, will retire at the end of the year.

“Kathleen has provided great leadership and mentorship not only to our sales efforts, but our company,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement.  “…Her systems and good judgment in inventory and pricing disciplines and unmatched knowledge of political advertising, have made all of our sales managers better and have helped cultivate the company’s next generation of Hearst Television’s management.”

Before joining Hearst Television in 2001, Keefe was the vice president of sales and marketing for Post-Newsweek Stations. During her 14 years with that station group, she served as general manager of WKMG in Orlando and general sales manager of WFSB in Hartford and KPRC in Houston.

“I couldn’t be prouder or more appreciative of the tremendous sales management and account executive teams at our stations.  I know they will continue to provide industry-leading results,” Keefe said.

Hearst Stations Expand Political Coverage

hearst logoHearst Television has announced an expansion of its political coverage going into the 2014 election cycle. Under the “Commitment 2014″ banner, the 28 Hearst stations will give politics a minimum of 12 minutes in the 30 days leading up to the general election and some primaries.

“Audiences demand intelligent, in-depth coverage of politics and elections in their local communities, and broadcasters are investing in new ways to meet that demand, ” Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. “We want Hearst Television to be the most widely distributed provider of political news content in their markets, and we will generate content to the best available screen.”

The biennial pledge is a renewal of a policy Hearst first instituted in 2000, when the station group committed to five minutes of nightly airtime. In addition to renewing a partnership with PolitiFact, Hearst will also launch “In Their Own Words,” a feature allowing candidates to record video statements on issues that will be available online and on mobile devices.

Former WPIX GM Joins Hearst Television

hearst tvEric Meyrowitz, the former general manager of WPIX in New York City, is joining Hearst Television as vice president of sales. His appointment is effective March 1.

“Eric is an accomplished broadcast executive with an exceptional background and reputation in television sales,” Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement.  “His station management experience and outstanding relationships throughout the advertising community make him an ideal addition to our company.”

It’s a return to Hearst for Meyrowitz, who is a former national sales manager for WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore. He has also worked as vice president and general manager of WDCW, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Shawn Oswald Named GM of KHBS-KHOG

khbs-khogShawn Oswald has been named president and general manager of KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s ABC affiliates serving Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.

Oswald comes from KWCH in Wichita, where he is the general sales manager. Previously, he has worked as national sales manager at Hearst’s WISN in Milwaukee and VP-GM of KSNW in Wichita.

“Shawn has distinguished himself as a multi-faceted broadcast executive throughout his career,” Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. “He is the right person to lead the KHBS/KHOG team and he brings great energy and enthusiasm for the opportunity to return to the community where he and his family have so many personal ties.”

Oswald replaces Brian Sather, who recently joined KCCI in Des Moines as general manager.

More in the release after the jump. Read more

David J. Barrett Named Chairman, Jordan Wertlieb Named President of Hearst Television

Hearst Television has announced two promotions: David J. Barrett has been named chairman and CEO and Jordan Wertlieb has been named president. Both promotions are effective immediately.

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.

In a statement announcing the promotions, Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. called Barrett “an important leader at Hearst.” Read more

B&C: NBC Affiliates Back Plan to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

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

Hearst Television Senior VP Philip Stolz to Retire

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

End of an Era in Baltimore as WBAL Cuts Longtime Anchor Marianne Banister

Marianne Banister, who has co-anchored WBAL‘s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts for the past 16 years, is leaving the top-rated NBC-affiliate.

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

NBC Uses Upfront to Gain Affiliates’ Confidence in Comcast Marriage

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.

“We’re all very excited about the management team,” Jordan Wertlieb, executive vice president of Hearst TV, said following the meeting.

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