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Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

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Justin Antoniotti Named News Director at WTAE

Justin Antoniotti will take over as news director of WTAE, Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, beginning today.

It is a move within Hearst for Antoniotti, who comes from WYFF in Greenville, S.C. He has been news director there since 2007. Before that, he was the assistant news director at WISN in Milwaukee, another Hearst station.

“I have been very fortunate to have already worked at two great Hearst Television properties,”Antoniotti said in a statement.  “To now be able to move to WTAE is very special.  I look forward to working with the talented Channel 4 Action News Team and building on the great legacy at WTAE.” Read more

WTAE News Director Bongiorno Says Goodbye

Alex Bongiorno, news director for Pittsburgh’s WTAE since 2009 is leaving the station according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette.

“Alex has decided to leave. I’m not sure if she is going to another job,” the ABC affiliate’s general manager Michael Hayes told the Post-Gazette. “She decided to leave the market for personal and family reasons.”

The Post-Gazette hinted at a possible reason for Bongiorno’s departure,

Channel 4′s May sweeps ratings were down year-to-year (2012 vs. 2011) in many weekday news time slots in household and key demographic ratings.

In Contract Dispute, WTAE Talent Launches Social Media Campaign

More than 20 on-air personalities at WTAE, Pittsburgh’s ABC-affiliate, have launched a social media campaign called “Fairness 4 WTAE” to protest what they say is unfair treatment by station management.

The 23 anchors and reporters have been represented by AFTRA since June 2010. Since then, no progress has been made in more than a dozen collective bargaining sessions to reach a contract, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The next meeting is Tuesday.

The sticking point is the issue of scheduling. The “Fairness 4 WTAE” Facebook and Twitter accounts feature anecdotal examples, such as: “How would you feel if your employer told you your pre-approved, scheduled in advance time off for the holidays was cancelled?” Read more

Erin Kienzle Leaving Pittsburgh’s WTAE in December

Meteorologist Erin Kienzle is leaving Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate WTAE at the end of the year, the station announced.

Kienzle is moving to Charleston, SC, where her husband has family and a new job, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The couple have a young daughter.

“We wish her husband had gotten a great job here because we love seeing her ever day,” WTAE general manager Michael Hayes told the Post-Gazette. “I don’t know what her plans are, but I’m sure she’ll get scooped up and whoever gets her will be the better for it.”

Kienzle is the weekend morning meteorologist at WTAE. The move is a return to South Carolina for her — before moving to Pittsburgh in 2006, she worked at WCSC, the CBS-affiliate in Charleston.

WTAE Gears Up For Fall Sports With Expanded Sunday Night Newscast

WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, will debut a new full-hour, sports-focused 11 p.m. Sunday newscast beginning this weekend.

Shannon Perrine (pictured, right), who has helmed the weekend evening newscasts since 2009, will continue as anchor. She will be joined by meteorologist Ray Petelin, who is a recent hire at the station, and sports anchor Guy Junker.

The program will deliver “expanded weekend sports coverage with the latest on the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia, as well as national, regional and more local sports news and highlights,” according to the station announcement. Read more

John Soapes Named President-GM of Hearst’s WYFF

Hearst has promoted John Soapes, who has served as general sales manager of the company’s Orlando CW-affiliate for the past decade, to president and general manager of WYFF, a NBC-affiliate serving the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

“John is an outstanding broadcast executive, more than ready to take on the opportunity of leading WYFF,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, adding that the company is “delighted to bring a native South Carolinian home.”

Soapes succeeds Michael Hayes, who was recently appointed to president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate.

Soapes began his career as an account executive with WTAT in Charleston, SC.

Michael Hayes Named President-GM of WTAE

Hearst has named a successor to Rick Henry at Pittsburgh’s WTAE. The company announced today that Michael Hayes, who has been the president and general manager of Hearst-owned WYFF in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC, has been appointed president and GM of WTAE.

“Mike Hayes is an accomplished television executive,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television. “We are delighted that he is stepping into the leadership role at WTAE, one of Hearst Television’s legacy stations.  WYFF has distinguished itself in local news leadership, and sales and profit performance during Mike’s seven-year stewardship. We are confident that he’ll bring that same energy, urgency, and effective leadership to the team at WTAE.”

Henry is set to retire this month after nearly four decades with Hearst, including nine with WTAE.

Hayes began his career as a sports anchor and producer for WISH in Indianapolis. He became president and GM of WYFF in 2003 after serving as general sales manager of Cincinnati’s WLWT.