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John Christianson to Head Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division

Lilly Broadcasting LogoJohn Christianson has been named executive vice president of Lilly Broadcasting’s Eastern Division and general manager of One Caribbean Television.

Christianson was replaced as GM of Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG by Peter Veto who was director of sales and national sales manager for both WTVG and WJRT as well as serving as GM of SJL Broadcasting’s WJRT.

“It’s been an honor to work at WTVG with the fantastic staff and management team, to continue the tradition of excellence in journalism and involvement in the community,” said Christianson in a statement.

Previously, Christianson worked as news director and later GM of WSEE in Erie, PA. He has also served as GM at WICU and WBEP in Erie and is credited for his involvement in creating and finding distribution for One Caribbean Television.

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WTVG Adds Two Meteorologists and a Reporter

Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG has made three new hires, according to the Toledo Blade: Ross Ellet (left), Nichole Langley (center) and Daryl Kirkland-Morgan (right).

Ellet is a meteorologist who joined WTVG from the Ohio News Network, which shuttered earlier this year. Before that, he was a weekend meteorologist for KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s duopoly in Fayetteville, Ark.

Langley, also a meteorologist, will serve as WTVG’s weekday traffic anchor and reporter and will also be an occasional weather anchor. She comes from KFBB in Great Falls, Mont., where she has been the morning meteorologist since 2010. Read more

Pam Forsyth Promoted to GM of Erie’s WICU-WSEE

Lilly Broadcasting has chosen Pam Forsyth to lead WICU-WSEE in Erie, PA.

Forsyth, who has worked in the sales department at WICU for over two decades, has been named general manager of Lilly’s NBC-CBS-CW outpost serving northwest Pennsylvania.

“I am very excited and honored to serve in this position,” Forsyth said, adding that she looks forward to “working in the community through Lilly Broadcasting.”

Ex-ABC O&Os Get New GMs in Ownership Change

The two former ABC O&Os recently sold to SJL Broadcasting now have new station heads. The general managers of both WJRT in Flint and WTVG in Toledo have decided to leave their posts and SJL has appointed replacements.

WJRT’s Tom Bryson and WTVG’s David Zamichow have opted to leave on their own, according to Broadcasting & Cable, as SJL prepares to take over ownership of the stations this week.

“Both of them are class people,” SJL president George Lilly told B&C. “We would’ve kept both in a heartbeat.”

Bryson and Zamichow are being replaced by two TV veterans that have worked for the Lilly family.  Peter Veto has been named GM of WJRT while John Christianson has been handed the reins of WTVG. Read more

Veteran Anchor Lisa Adams Named News Director at Erie’s WICU-WSEE

Veteran anchor Lisa Adams has been named news director at WICU-WSEE, the Lilly Broadcasting-owned duopoly in Erie, PA. The promotion was announced in a staff meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s an exciting turn of events,” Adams told TVSpy about the move.

Adams has been with WICU for 32 years. She began with the station as a control room director in 1978 and eventually transitioned to a role in front of the camera, as a reporter and anchor. She will continue to anchor the Sunday evening newscasts for WICU and WSEE.

While her everyday responsibilities have changed with the new title, Adams says that the transition will be “pretty seamless.” Read more