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ABC Pulling the Plug On Live Well Network

ABC_304ABC is pulling the plug on its Live Well Network.

Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC Owned Television Station Group, and Peggy Allen, VP of Live Well Network, sent staffers an email this morning saying, “We’re announcing today that, after careful consideration, we are going to discontinue operating the Live Well Network, effective mid-January, 2015.”

Live Well is a lifetstyle based “broadcast, online and wireless service for digital channels in the US.” It was launched in 2009. It is currently carried in 64% of the US with ABC owned stations making up 23% of that total.

Campbell said the decision was made to focus on local content and the “core local brands in the digital space.” You can read the email after the jump. Read more

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Debra O’Connell Promoted to President of ABC National Sales for Owned Stations

oconnell_abcownedsalesDebra O’Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Sales, succeeding John Watkins who announced his retirement in November.

“Debra is a fantastic executive, a great collaborator, and the perfect choice to head NTVS,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group said in a statement. “Her many years with ABC and her excellent reputation within the advertising industry, as well as her vision for the future of the division, are a huge asset for our company.”

O’Connell will be responsible for national advertising sales for WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno. She will also oversee national sales for the “Live Well Network” and ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment. Read more

Head of National Sales for ABC Owned Stations to Retire

ABC_304John Watkins, president of ABC Owned Television Stations National Television Sales has announced he’s retiring at the end of January 2014.

“John has built our National TV Sales Group into one that is recognized as the best in the business,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations said in a statement. “And although we are all sorry to see him go, we have been so fortunate to have John in this role for the past 27 years and with our company for more than four decades.”

Watkins has been president of National TV Sales since 1986. He started with ABC in 1972. Before being named to his current position, Watkins was the GSM for WABC in New York.

He has also worked as an account executive and local sales manager for WLS in Chicago, an account executive for ABC Spot Sales in Los Angeles and New York, director of research for Spot Sales in Chicago and research analyst for ABC Spot Sales in New York.

‘We Are the First Responders’: Station Group Heads Discuss Health of Local TV

NATPE_ConferenceTVSpy sat in on two of the TV Summit panel discussions at the “NYC TV Week” event this afternoon.

While the panel with Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Company, was held earlier than the lunchtime discussion with Valari Staab, president of NBC owned stations and Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC owned stations, much of the discussion revolved around the health of local stations.

“I actually had someone approach me who said ‘No one watches local news,’” said Liguori. “And they actually couldn’t be more wrong. This morning in LA, KTLA drew about 150,000 viewers. CNN probably drew 10,000. We’re so accustomed and trained to look at cable news on a national basis and never on a local basis. KTLA out delivered CNN ten times this morning. That’s incredibly powerful.” Read more

Caroline Foy Welch Named President-GM of WTVD

Caroline Foy Welch has been appointed president and general manager of WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, effective immediately, the ABC O&O announced today.

Welch has worked at WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia, since 1992. Most recently, she was the station’s vice president of programming.

“Caroline Welch’s proven commitment to excellence in local TV programming, along with the wide-ranging expertise she’s gained working closely with management and staff across-the-board at WPVI-TV, made her the ideal choice for the top post at WTVD-TV,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC O&Os, said in a statement. Read more

John Idler Named President-GM of WLS in Chicago

John Idler has been named president and general manager of WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, ABC announced today.

Idler joins WLS from WTVD, the ABC O&O in Raleigh-Durham, where he has been president and general manager for five years. The new position returns him to WLS, where he was vice president and general sales manager from 2004-07.

“John Idler’s outstanding track record in Raleigh-Durham and his earlier local TV management experience in Chicago demonstrate a consistent commitment to excellence in community service and station operations,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC O&Os, said in a statement.  “We all congratulate John on his promotion as he returns to WLS-TV in Chicago as President and General Manager.” Read more

Carla Carpenter Named SVP of Digital Media at ABC Owned Stations

Carla Carpenter has been promoted to senior vice president of digital media at the ABC owned-and-operated stations.

Carpenter has been vice president and news director of WPVI, ABC’s O&O in Philadelphia, since 1997. In her new role, she will oversee development of strategies and initiatives involving the internet, digital channels and mobile platforms for the eight ABC owned stations.

“This promotion clearly recognizes Carla’s tremendous talents, vision and track record,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC owned stations, said in a statement. “At the same time, it also reflects the cornerstone commitment our eight stations share in providing the best news and information product across all platforms.”

William Burton Upped to GM at KGO

Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC O&Os has named William Burton the new president and GM at KGO-TV in San Francisco. Burton, an almost-lifer at ABC, has been with the company since the Cap Cities days as a promotions writer/producer at WPVI in Philadelphia.

Since 2006, Burton has led ABC’s O&O digital media initiatives. Before that, from 1994-2006, Burton was VP of Programming and Director of Creative Services at KABC in Los Angeles. He got his start in TV at KUSA in Denver as a promotions writer/producer.

Burton takes over for Valari Dobson Staab who left ABC for NBC in April where she oversees NBC’s O&Os as president of NBC Local Media group.

NBC Local Media Names ABC Veteran President

Valari Dobson Staab, currently the general manager of ABC O&O KGO, has been appointed president of NBC Local Media group, replacing John Wallace, who has been promoted to NBCUniversal Media Works, a unit that oversees the company’s technology and studio operations in addition to its real estate holdings.

Staab, who has been KGO’s GM since 2002, was considered a frontrunner to replace Walter Liss as president of ABC O&Os last year. That job ended up going to WABC’s Rebecca Campbell, prompting Staab to apparently look for job opportunities outside of the ABC stations group, where she has worked for 15 years.

“We’re thrilled to have an executive of Valari’s caliber join our Local Media group,” said NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert, in announcing the move. “Throughout her career in local television she’s had tremendous success growing the businesses she’s worked for and placing a premium on creating quality local news that resonates with viewers.” Read more