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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Wasserman’

GM Out at KMGH in Denver

KMGH-TV_LogoThe Denver Post reports Byron Grandy, VP and GM of KMGH, has resigned from the Denver E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate.

Grandy was named VP and GM of KMGH in 2009 by then owner McGraw-Hill. He started at KMGH in December 2000 as news director. The Post credits Grandy’s management for the station’s many regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV West Palm Beach (an NBC affiliate owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company) and divisional general manager for Scripps, is serving as interim general manager. Wasserman declined to comment on the reasons for or manner of Grandy’s departure but supplied a note to the staff:

I want to inform you that Byron Grandy has resigned as general manager of KMGH effective immediately and has left the company. Byron has made significant contributions to the station during his years here as news director and GM and the station is stronger as a result. Scripps wishes him well as he moves to the next stage of his career. Read more

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Nick Nicholson Named VP and General Manager at WFTS

NickNicholsonNick Nicholson is joining Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS as vice president and general manager.

Steve Wasserman, divisional general manager of Scripps Media and GM of WPTV, confirmed the move to TVSpy following an internal email he sent to WFTS staff this morning.

“Nick is a highly regarded media executive with an impressive track record of success in several competitive markets,” Wasserman writes. Nicholson spent 27 years with the Belo TV group, most recently as President/GM of KTVK/KASW in Phoenix. Before that, Nicholson ran WVEC in Norfolk, was GM of the Belo-owned Fox/UPN stations in Tucson, and VP of Sales at Belo flagship WFAA in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Gannett acquired Belo late last year.

Nicholson replaces Rich Pegram who was shown the door last month after 7 years as WFTS GM. Nicholson’s first day in Tampa is Monday.

WPTV Adds Me-TV to Digital Channel

metv wptvWest Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV is adding Me-TV to a digital subchannel. With the addition of WPTV, Me-TV has 160 affiliates and covers 91% of the U.S.

“WPTV NewsChannel 5, the number one station on the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is very excited about bringing television’s greatest prime time series back to South Florida with Me-TV,” WPTV VP-GM Steve Wasserman said in a statement. “This is the ideal market for classic television and we are confident that these shows will be well received by the audience and our advertisers.”

The network will be available over-the-air on channel 5.2 and Comcast channel 216.

NBC Affiliates Post Story About Ann Curry’s Struggles with the Mothership

In what may be more of a sign of the times than a break with protocol, at least two NBC affiliates have posted the recent story about former “Today Show” co-anchor Ann Curry allegedly begging to be let out of her NBC contract so she can work for her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN.

Spokane NBC Affiliate KHQ posted a version of the story attributed to British publication the Daily Mail (click here to view). While the story on the website of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV (click here to view) has a byline from the station’s online content producer.

Steven Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV told TVSpy, “I suspect this story will be on our air tonight on “ET” or “The Insider”. Why wouldn’t we put it on our website?  I don’t think it’s a good idea to not run a legit, talk about story just because it has to do with our network.”

You can view screen grabs of the stories after the jump. Read more

Lloyd Bucher Named Station Manager at WPTV

Lloyd Bucher has been appointed station manager at WPTV, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in West Palm Beach.

Bucher has been the director of sales at WPTV for more than five years. He steps into his new role after Steve Wasserman, WPTV’s general manager, was named as one of Scripps’ three divisional general managers. Wasserman will continue as the WPTV GM.

Wasserman said in a statement that Bucher will “help ensure that we stay focused on the station’s goals and strategic plan.” Read more

3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles.

Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates. Rossenwater, general manager of WEWS in Cleveland, will add KJRH in Tulsa, WMAR in Baltimore and the LiveWell affiliates. Wasserman, general manager at WPTV in West Palm Beach, will also oversee KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati and WFTS in Tampa. Read more

Scripps Taps WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan to Oversee Content for All Stations

Jeff Brogan is leaving his post as news director at WPTV to oversee news strategy and content development for all of Scripps’ 19 stations.

Scripps announced today that Brogan has been named senior director of news strategy and operations. In the role, Brogan will work in tandem with Lana Durban Scott, Scripps’ current senior director of news strategy and operations, on helping the company’s stations develop their content and strategic plans.

Brogan joined WPTV, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in West Palm Beach, in 2010. The station is now searching for his replacement as news director. Read more

WPTV, WFLX, ESPN 760 All on the Same Team

B&C reports WFLX Fox 29 in West Palm Beach has added sports commentary from radio station ESPN 760 to its 10pm news. The sports reports at WPTV (NBC) have been produced by ESPN 760 for the last year. A few days ago WPTV began producing the newscasts for WFLX, which makes adding ESPN to WFLX that much easier. “Evan Cohen and the ESPN 760 team refuse to play by the dull and outdated rules of traditional TV sportscasts,” said Steve Wasserman, WPTV VP & GM, “and that is why we asked them to join us in this new venture with WFLX Fox 29.”