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Dennis Woltering Retiring from WWL


New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL has announced the retirement of longtime anchor Dennis Woltering.

Woltering, who will step down at the end of May, started at WWL in 1977 as a weekend anchor and reporter. He left in 1984 to work at WCAU in Philadelphia but returned to WWL in 1994.

“Dennis not only represents the best of what WWL-TV stands for, he represents the best of what it means to be a journalist,” Tod Smith, WWL president and GM said in a statement.

“There were indications that they wanted to sort of go in a different direction,” Woltering told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It was just the time. Last year when Angela [Hill] left, she said, ‘It’s time.’ And if it was time for her, it was way past time for me.”

“It wasn’t that we went in and said, ‘Dennis, we need you to retire,’” Smith told Times-Picayune. “That wasn’t the case. It certainly was Dennis’ decision, and I respect that.”

“I’ll probably have some kind of little commentary at the end,” Smith said. “The station has been great to me. I’ve really had an extraordinary time here. They’ve given me so much opportunity. I really am grateful to this station, and for the people I’ve worked with.” He added, “I’ve had an extraordinary career here. I’m a very lucky person.”

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Triston Sanders Named Executive News Director at KENS

Triston Sanders is joining KENS, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, as executive news director, TVSpy has learned. It is a move within Belo for Sanders, who has been assistant news director at WWL in New Orleans since September 2012.

“Triston has quickly become a part of the WWL-TV team and has contributed greatly to the recent growth of our news ratings. And while we will certainly miss her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to excellence, we are thrilled that she will be able to take this next step in her career with BELO,” WWL general manager Tod Smith wrote in a memo to staffers Monday.

Before joining WWL, Sanders was the news director at WCTV in Tallahassee. She has also worked as a producer at WSVN in Miami and WFLA in Tampa.

Sanders begins at KENS on July 1. She replaces Kurt Davis, who was recently named vice president of news services for CBS News.

Angela Hill to Retire After 38 Years at WWL

Angela Hill has announced she will retire from anchoring daily newscasts after 38 years at WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Hill and WWL president and general manager Tod Smith announced the news at a staff meeting Wednesday. Hill will anchor her last newscast on April 4 and will remain with WWL to produce documentaries and other special projects after she steps down from the news desk.

“Angela has been such an important and beloved part of our lives for so long, it will be emotional for all of us to watch her sign off from the anchor desk,” Smith said in a statement. “But the station is thrilled to be able to give her the time and resources to embark on this new chapter of her amazing career to do what she does best – tell people’s stories.”

“This city and this station have given me so much over the past 38 years, which is part of the reason I have tried to give back in many different ways,” Hill said. “I treasure the opportunities I have had and look forward to even more still to come.”

Brad Ramsey to Lead Belo’s WVEC

Brad Ramsey has been named president and general manager of Belo’s Hampton Roads ABC affiliate, WVEC.

He comes from WCAV-WVAW-WAHU in Charlottsville, VA where was was vice president and general manager.  He succeeds Tod Smith who was tapped by Belo to run its New Orleans duopoly, WWL-WUPL.

“Brad is an up-and-coming leader in the television industry who has delivered consistent revenue and ratings growth in his previous positions,” said Kathy Clements, Belo’s senior vice president of media operations in a statement posted to the company’s website. “His experience in the Virginia marketplace will be a significant asset to WVEC.”

Ramsey began his career as an anchor/reporter for WHSV before working his way up to vice president and general manager of the Winchester, VA ABC affiliate.

His first day will be November 5.

Belo Introduces New GMs at KMOV and WWL

Belo today announced the appointments of two new general managers at its stations in St. Louis and New Orleans.

Mark Pimentel has been named president and general manager of KMOV, Belo’s St. Louis CBS-affiliate, and Tod Smith has been tapped as president and GM of WWL in New Orleans, as well as MyNetworkTV sister station WUPL.

“Both Mark Pimentel and Tod Smith are outstanding leaders and have delivered noteworthy results throughout their careers,” said Peter Diaz, Belo’s president of media operations, announcing the hires. Read more

WVEC’s Sandra Parker to Anchor Mornings, Again

Anchor Sandra Parker, who has been at Norfolk ABC-affiliate WVEC for 21 years, is moving back to the morning show beginning tomorrow.

Parker — who currently anchors the noon newscast on WVEC — has also served as the 5 p.m. anchor and the weekend anchor in her tenure at the station.

“We understand the importance of this time period, which is why we were the first local station to go live at 4:30 a.m. almost a year ago, and moving Sandra back to mornings is another way to continue improving this newscast,” WVEC president and general manager Tod Smith said in a statement.

Parker will join current anchors LaSalle Blanks and Vanessa Coria and meteorologist Craig Moeller on the newscast, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast.