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Jeff Brogan Named General Manager of WCPO

The E.W. Scripps Company has named Jeff Brogan vice president and general manager of Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO. He was serving as interim general manager after Steve Thaxton left in January.

“WCPO has a long history of agenda-setting journalism that serves the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division in a statement. “As a seasoned media executive who values creative storytelling and impactful journalism, Jeff will now have the opportunity to work in his hometown to help define the role of a local media organization in this new digital era.”

Before coming to WCPO, Brogan was in a corporate role at Scripps, overseeing news strategy at several of its owned stations.  He began his career at WXIX in Cincinnati and began working for Scripps in 2000 when he got a job as a producer at WCPO. In 2004, he was promoted to executive producer. He was named assistant news director in 2008. Two years later, he was promoted to news director of Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL.

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WCPO GM Steve Thaxton Leaving Station

According to Cincinnati.com, Steve Thaxton, vice president and general manager of Cincinnati’s Scripps owned ABC Affiliate WCPO, has announced he will be leaving the station tomorrow.

Thaxton announced to the staff that he starts Monday as a temporary GM at Cleveland’s WEWS-TV, a sister Scripps station, as he begins a transition to teaching and consulting. He  came here March 21, 2011, to replace Bill Fee, who retired in December 2010.

According to the article, Thaxton agreed to Scripps’ request that he, “remain with the company and serve as the interim General Manager at WEWS in Cleveland on a temporary basis as Sam Rosenwasser remains out on a medical leave of absence.” Read more

New WCPO News Director: ‘We’re Going to #1′

Lane Michaelsen, the recently appointed news director of WCPO, has a clear goal for the Cincinnati ABC-affiliate: first place.

“We’re going to No. 1,” Michaelsen said in a recent interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s our goal.”

WCPO, perennially in second place behind CBS-affiliate WKRC, has overhauled its staff in recent months. In addition to a new news director, WCPO has a new general manager in Steve Thaxton, who was hired in March. Read more

WCPO Names Lane Michaelsen News Director

Lane Michaelsen, who until recently was vice president of news at Miami’s WTVJ, has been named news director at WCPO in Cincinnati.

Michaelsen replaces longtime WCPO news director Bob Morford, who announced his plans to leave the station at the beginning of the year.

“Lane is exactly the news director this market needs right now, and we’re very pleased to have his talent and experience in our newsroom,” WCPO vice president and general manager Steve Thaxton said, announcing the hiring. “His deep understanding of journalism and the tenets of serving communities will make a major impact on our team and the Tri-State.” Read more

Traffic Reporter Denise Johnson Out at WCPO

Traffic reporter Denise Johnson has been let go at Cincinnati ABC-affiliate WCPO, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Johnson is technically employed by a company called Metro Traffic Networks, but has been reporting exclusively for WCPO for six years. She told the Enquirer she was informed after this morning’s newscast it would be her last.

“They didn’t want to be say goodbye to viewers, because it would make people mad,” she said.

Johnson’s job has been posted internally for six months. WCPO reporter Adam Marshall will assume the traffic and transportation beat immediately, general manager Steve Thaxton told the Enquirer. He noted Johnson was technically part-time due to her employment at Metro Traffic Networks. Read more

Longtime ND Bob Morford on Leaving WCPO: ‘It’s Good for Any Newsroom to Have Turnover’

When news spread on Thursday that longtime WCPO news director Bob Morford was leaving the station, it was difficult to overlook the fact that the announcement of Morford’s departure came less than a day after the station suffered a major technical meltdown during its 11 p.m. newscast.

In reality, though, there is no connection between the two events.

“My departure has absolutely nothing to do with [the technical mishap],” Morford told TVSpy this morning.  “It’s my bad fortune that that happened the day before I made the announcement.”

Morford said that he had decided to leave the station in December and had a handful of conversations with GM Steve Thaxton about it over his holiday vacation.  It just so happened that Morford’s first day back in the office came right after the newscast meltdown. Read more

Gannett Picks Steve Carter to Lead WCSH

Steve Carter has been named president and general manager of Gannett’s WCSH in Portland, ME.

Carter, who was previously vice president of marketing and promotion at Gannett’s Denver duopoloy KUSA-KTVD, succeeds Steve Thaxton, who left WCSH earlier this month to become president and GM of Cincinnati’s WCPO.

“Steve Carter has an enormous amount of knowledge and experience in local broadcasting,” said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett, in making the announcement. “There is no doubt that Steve will be an outstanding leader for WCSH.”

Carter had been with KUSA for 19 years, where he held several different positions in marketing and promotion. After Gannett acquired KTVD in 2006, Carter was named VP of marketing and promotion for the newly formed duopoly.

Steve Thaxton Named VP-GM of Cincinnati’s WCPO

Steve Thaxton has been named vice president and general manager of Cincinnati’s WCPO.  Scripps, which owns and operates the ABC-affiliate, announced the move today.

Thaxton comes to WCPO after nearly 13 years as president and general manager of both WCSH in Portland, ME and WLBZ in Bangor.

As Scripps searched for a successor to WCPO’s longtime VP-GM Bill Fee, who retired in December, Thaxton’s “reputation for local news leadership came to our attention,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division. “He has vast experience in producing programming that engages both consumers and advertisers.”

Thaxton came to WCSH in 1998 with a marketing and creative services background, having worked as VP of promotion and production for KARE and VP of marketing for KUSA. His first day with WCPO is March 21. Read more