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KNBC Boss Named NBCU Chief Diversity Officer

Craig Robinson, president and general manager of KNBC, is being bumped up to a corporate role with NBCUniversal. The company announced today that Robinson has been named EVP and chief diversity officer, reporting directly to CEO Steve Burke.

Robinson replaces Paula Madison, who retired in May.  He’s set to begin on August 15th but will continue serving as KNBC’s general manager until a replacement is named.

“Diversity is one of our company’s biggest priorities, and I’m pleased that we could look within our own ranks and tap an accomplished leader like Craig to fill this important role,” Burke said, in making the announcement.

Robinson has served as KNBC’s president and GM since 2008. Prior to joining  the NBC O&O, Robinson held the president-GM post at WCMH, a Media General-owned NBC-affiliate. He is a longtime supporter of NABJ, AAJA, and NAHJ.

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Don Browne Retiring from NBCU/Telemundo

A day after longtime NBCUniversal executive Paula Madison announced her retirement, another longtime local and network news topper is retiring.

Don Browne, who has been president of Telemundo since 2005, is leaving the company June 3 — the eighth anniversary of his arrival at the Miami-based, NBCU-owned Spanish-language network.

Browne’s TV news career began with CBS News, working his way into the Atlanta bureau in 1974. That’s where he met his wife Cuban-born, Maria Junquera. (Browne — as head of the #2 Spanish language network in the U.S., speaks little Spanish.)

Browne moved to Miami as NBC News bureau chief in 1979. 10 years later he headed to New York as executive news director and later, EVP of NBC News.

He returned to Miami in 1993 to run WTVJ, which had been acquired by NBC. He remained President and GM of WTVJ until his move to Telemundo, which had also recently been acquired by NBC.

“Don Browne has had an outstanding career as a broadcaster and executive,” said NBCU CEO Steve Burke. “We are grateful for what he has accomplished and wish him all the best on a well-deserved retirement.”

A successor to Browne will be announced in the coming months.

Press release after the jump…

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Former WNBC, KNBC Exec Paula Madison Retiring from TV News

Paula Madison, a longtime NBC executive, who ran the news operation at WNBC before moving west and running KNBC, is retiring from NBCUniveral next month, Richard Prince‘s Journal-isms reports. Since 2006, Madison has been EVP and chief diversity officer for NBCUniversal.

Madison joined WNBC in 1989 as Assistant News Director and was named VP and News Director in 1996. In 2000, she was named President and General Manager of KNBC — the first African American woman to become general manager at a network-owned station in a top five market.

An announcement about Madison’s successor will be made “probably in a few weeks,” Nate Kirtman, senior vice president for publicity at NBCUniversal, told Journal-isms.

Madison and her family are majority owners of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, and of the Africa Channel. She has also created the Madison Media Fund which invests and advises multicultural media.