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Longtime KTTV News Director Jose Rios Retires

A year after being appointed to a corporate job with the Fox station group, longtime KTTV news director Jose Rios is retiring.

“Our dear friend and colleague led us to top ratings for a number of years,” KTTV anchor Jean Martirez said during the Fox O&O’s morning newscast on Thursday, announcing Rios’s retirement.  “Jose hired all of us.  I would walk on red-hot coals for this man.”

Rios spent two decades as news director at KTTV.  Last April, the Fox station group announced that he had been appointed to vice president of digital news applications, overseeing app development for all of the company’s stations. Read more

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Fox’s Michael Jackson Doctor Trial App Tops iTunes

Fox Television Stations’ Michael Jackson Doctor Trial app, which was released Monday for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, ranked number one yesterday among paid apps on the Apple store.

Content on the 99-cent smartphone app is produced by KTTV, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles. In addition to a live video stream from the trial, which began in LA yesterday, users can also browse photo galleries and biographies of the key players. Read more

Brand-New KTTV News Director Announces Launch of 5 p.m. Newscast

Kingsley Smith began his tenure as KTTV news director with a big announcement. On his first day with the station this week, Smith announced that the Fox O&O would be launching a 5 p.m. newscast in the fall.

Earlier this month, KTTV announced that Smith, who had spent the last three and a half years leading the newsroom at Fox’s WTXF, would be replacing Jose Rios as news director.

A Fox spokesperson tells TVSpy that the new 5 p.m. newscast, which will move into the time slot currently held by “Dr. Oz” when that show leaves for KABC, has been in the works for a bit now but that Smith is making it a top priority.

The 1-hour newscast is set to make its debut on September 12th and will follow Anderson Cooper‘s new syndicated show in the lineup. The station is still working out who will appear at the anchor desk.

KTTV Taps Fox Vet Kingsley Smith as News Director

Fox O&O KTTV announced today that it has named Kingsley Smith news director. Smith has spent the last three and a half years working as news director of Fox’s WTXF in Philadelphia.

“Kingsley’s fervent passion for local news and his ability to develop strong news talent and create compelling newscasts makes him the ideal leader for our newsroom,” said KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale, in announcing the hiring. “We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.”

KTTV’s news director position opened up in April when Jose Rios, who had led the station’s newsroom since 1992, was appointed to vice president of digital news applications for Fox Television Stations.

Smith has worked for Fox O&Os throughout his career. Before joining WTXF, he spent nearly two years as vice president and news director of St. Louis’s KTVI (a Fox-owned station at the time). He also spent 15 years at Dallas’s KDFW, where he worked his way up from producer to executive producer to assistant news director. Read more

KTTV News Director Jose Rios Tapped to Oversee Fox O&Os’ Digital News Apps

Jose Rios, who has been news director of Los Angeles Fox O&O KTTV since 1992, has been appointed to vice president of digital news applications for Fox Television Stations.

“In order to increase our competitiveness in a world of portable and personal media consumption, we are creating this unique position,” said FTS CEO Jack Abernethy, in announcing the promotion. “Jose is the perfect person to lead these efforts.”

In his new post, Rios will coordinate the digital news applications of Fox O&Os while also working with stations to optimize their presence on social media.

“I am excited and honored to take on this new position,” said Rios, who joined KTTV as a managing editor and most recently held the position of vice president news director. “I look forward to working with our stations to expand their robust digital media platforms and continue to meet the changing needs of our viewers.”