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News Directors Weigh In On Sweeps, Dog Meat

Sweeps does strange things to people.  Journalists who appear rational and level-headed for much of the year begin taking their clothes off, dating prostitutes, and ordering dog meat.

So what gives?

TVSpy asked a handful of veteran news directors from around the country to weigh in on the all-important sweeps periods.  We asked them about what makes a good story, the pressure reporters may be under to deliver big ratings, and the mistakes stations often make when sweeps roll around.  Here’s what they had to say… Read more

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On the Move, 9/15/11

Anchor Melanie Hebert joins WWL in New Orleans after spending three years with crosstown rival WDSU.

Former WCCO news director Scott Libin joins Internet Broadcasting as vice president of content solutions.

Kevin Essebaggers has been promoted to main anchor at WWTV-WWUP.  Essebaggers, who has been with WWTV-WWUP since 1998, will anchor the stations’ 6, 10, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Hebert is represented by Mort Meisner Associates.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Former WCCO, KSTP ND Scott Libin Joins IB

St. Paul-based Internet Broadcasting has hired Scott Libin as its new VP of Content Solutions. Until last October, Libin was News Director of Minneapolis/St. Paul CBS O&O WCCO. Libin had been ND at WCCO since 2007 and from 1998-2003, he was News Director at Twin Cities ABC station, KSTP.

IB builds and powers the websites of local stations across the country, including those owned by Hearst, Post-Newsweek and McGraw-Hill.

Libin will oversee IB’s managed services and products.

Taking Over TBD, WJLA’s Bill Lord Plans ‘Mid-Course Correction’

As Bill Lord, WJLA’s general manager and news director, takes control of TBD, the Allbritton-owned web entity will undergo a “mid-course correction.”

Lord plans on scrapping TBD’s umbrella status over WJLA and bringing back the station’s independent website WJLA.com. He plans on also doing the same for Allbritton’s all-news cable channel–reestablishing its internet autonomy while also dumping its new moniker, TBD-TV, in favor of its original name NewsChannel 8.

“Our plan is to have two TV stations, broadcast and cable, and two websites,” Lord told Poynter contributor Scott Libin recently. “All four will have a certain level of commonality of staff. Everybody has to participate in the online effort, or it won’t work.”

Lord plans on maintaining and promoting the standalone TBD.com but will leave less of its business operations under “TBD” status.  “I don’t think there were specific goals,” Lord told Libin about TBD’s launch, “but there will be now.”

WCCO Appoints Station Veteran to News Director

WCCO has chosen Mike Caputa to be its next news director.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul CBS-affiliate announced on Friday that Caputa, who has been the station’s assistant news director since 2007, would lead its newsroom.  Caputa had been serving as acting news director since October, when WCCO fired then-news director Scott Libin.

“Mike has demonstrated over the past several months that he is ready to be the leader of a newsroom,” said Brien Kennedy, WCCO’s vice president and general manager. “Mike has earned this opportunity through hard work and dedication.”

Caputa has been with WCCO since 2002, serving as managing editor before he moved on to become assistant ND.

“I am mindful of the rich tradition of WCCO Television in the Twin Cities,” said Caputa. Read more