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St. Louis News Director Leaving Station

ksdkThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, KSDK news director Mike Shipley has announced he is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate.

The Post-Dispatch says Shipley told staffers this morning he would stay until a replacement is found. He was named news director in 2000.

>UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy Shipley is retiring. He has worked in broadcasting for 41 years, 35 of those at KSDK.

After a years-long run of being the top local station for newscasts, KSDK has slipped in the ratings, being passed at times by KMOV (Channel 4) and KTVI (Channel 2).

“He had a No. 1 legacy station here, and he let it slip,” said one source in local television. Read more

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Pat McGonigle Re-Ups with KSDK

Pat-McGonigleKSDK morning anchor Pat McGonigle has signed a multi-year contract with the St. Louis NBC affiliate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We are very happy to have Pat sign a new multi-year contract with KSDK,” president and GM Lynn Beall said in a statement. “It’s very apparent how much Pat loves St. Louis. He really cares about this community.”

McGonigle started at KSDK in September 2011 from WHEC in Rochester, NY. Details of the contract were not released.

KSDK Apologizes For School Scare: ‘We Caused Undue Stress and Fear’

kirkwood_hsSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has apologized for the station’s role in a lockdown at Kirkwood High School last week.

Veteran anchor Mike Bush delivered the apology on the 10 p.m. newscast Sunday. “We unnecessarily scared students, teachers and parents, and quite honestly, it doesn’t matter what our intentions were,” Bush said. “We caused undue stress and fear and we are very sorry this happened.”

Bush said KSDK’s general manager, Lynn Beall, had met with the Kirkwood superintendent to apologize in person. He also said the channel is “taking a hard look at how this happened what we could be doing differently to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

“I’ve been at channel 5 for almost 30 years and I’ve always been proud of the fact that everybody at our television station deeply cares about our community, that we do a lot of positive stories, that we try to take the high road. In reporting this school security story, we didn’t live up to our own standards and the standards that you deserve as viewers,” Bush said. “We can’t change the past, but our promise to you is, we will make every effort to make sure nothing like this will happen in the future.”

KSDK Adds Marv Danielski as Station Manager

ksdk_danielski_croppedGannett owned St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has named Marv Danielski vice president and station manager.

A KSDK spokesperson confirms this is a newly created position for the station.

Danielski will report to KSDK general manager and executive vice president Lynn Beall.

“Marv is an award-winning television executive and his extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to KSDK,” Beall said in a statement. “He is a proven brand builder and 360 degree innovator who will help pave the way forward for KSDK.”

This is Danielski’s second go round with Gannett.  He last worked for the station group starting in 1999 as a corporate marketing executive.

Danielski comes to KSDK from Frank N. Magid Associates where he was SVP Integrated Brand Development. He has also served as VP of marketing and creative services at Hearst Television.

Elliott Wiser Named President, GM of WTSP

Gannett Broadcasting has named Elliott Wiser president and general manager of WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Wiser comes to WTSP from Bright House Networks, where he was corporate vice president of local programming. He is a former vice president and general manager of Bay News 9 in Tampa.

“Elliott’s record of success in multimedia broadcasting and business, plus his deep connections in the Tampa area, will be a huge asset to WTSP,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Lynn Beall said in announcing the hire. “We’re confident in his ability to strengthen the WTSP brand and help position it as the leading local news organization in the Tampa market.”

Wiser succeeds Ken Tonning, who is retiring after 38 years with Gannett.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead WTSP,” Wiser said. “With remarkable investigations, unwavering dedication to the community and an award-winning staff, they are tremendous advocates for the people of Tampa and poised to become the go-to destination for local news and information.”

Veteran Anchor Mike Bush Re-Signs With KSDK

Mike Bush has signed a new multi-year contract with KSDK, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis.

Bush has worked at KSDK for 28 years, moving from sports director to news anchor in 2003. He currently anchors the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts alongside Kay Quinn and the 10 p.m. newscast solo.

“Mike Bush is more than just the face of our station,” GM Lynn Beall said in a statement announcing the news. “He’s also a proud and caring father; an innovative leader; a concerned advocate for our community, and a dedicated journalist.” Read more

Maria Barrs Joins Sacramento’s KXTV as President and General Manager

Gannett Broadcasting has named Maria Barrs president and general manager of KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Barrs has been the vice president and news director for KDFW, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Dallas, for 13 years.

“She is an innovative manager, having built ratings growth during an era of challenging times,” Gannett EVP Lynn Beall said in a statement. “Maria has overseen eight hours of live news production a day … We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber lead KXTV.”

The move is a return to the Sacramento market for Barrs, who began her career as a desk assistant at NBC affiliate KCRA. She joined KDFW in 1994 as managing editor and was named news director in 1998.

“Maria is an incredibly talented product leader,” Gannett president Dave Lougee said. “She has a passion for what she does, and it shows.”

KSDK Adding Newscasts to Post-’Oprah’ Lineup

St. Louis NBC-affiliate KSDK unveiled its new, post-”Oprah” programming schedule this week, announcing that it would add three new newscasts to its lineup.

The Gannett-owned station will air “Oprah” reruns through the summer and then start anew in September with a one-hour newscast replacing the daytime icon at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the new 4 p.m. show, KSDK will begin its morning news coverage a half-hour earlier, at 4:00 a.m., and will follow NBC’s “Today” with a new one-hour newscast at 10:00 a.m.

“With the departure of Oprah, it gives our news organization the opportunity to create and deliver a totally new newscast for St. Louis,” said Mike Shipley, KSDK’s news director. “We’re up to the challenge of providing fresh and innovative content for these new local shows.”

“Our new fall lineup reaffirms our commitment that local news is indeed our station’s priority,” said president and general manager Lynn Beall.