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NBC Owned Stations in NY and LA Get New Choppers

NBC O&Os on in the country’s two largest markets — New York and Los Angeles — are both getting new helicopters this year, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

KNBC in Los Angeles, which has been sharing aerial coverage with Fox O&O KTTV for the past two years, has already received a new helicopter. WNBC in New York will get its helicopter later this year.

B&C has details on the purchases fitting in to a larger strategy at the NBC O&Os:

Addressing the crowd at NATPE Jan. 23, Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting, spoke about his desire to turn the owned stations around by investing big in news coverage. “We took $20 million, hired 130 people, bought helicopters in New York and Los Angeles, and put a lot of trucks on the ground,” he said.  Read more

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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

GMs of NBC O&Os Meet with Comcast Executives

The general managers of NBC O&Os are meeting with Comcast executives today in San Diego to discuss what the Comcast-NBCUniversal deal means for local stations.

The meeting is being run by John Wallace, the head of NBC Local Media, and attended by the Comcast-appointed chairman of NBC Broadcasting, Ted Harbert, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

The NBC O&Os regularly meet twice a year to discuss various issues facing their stations. This week’s conference, though, is especially significant now that NBC is a part of cable giant Comcast.

One NBC GM told B&C that a major topic of conversation will be how NBC O&Os can collaborate with Comcast entities such as its regional SportsNet channels.