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John Cardenas Named President and General Manager of WBNS in Columbus

John Cardenas has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group and president and general manager of WBNS, the company’s CBS affiliate in Columbus.

It is a return to the station for Cardenas, who was news director at WBNS from 1999-2010. For the past three years, he has been general manager of WTHR, Dispatch’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis. In his new role, he will oversee both stations.

“We are thrilled that John will be returning to Columbus where I’m sure he will build upon the market leadership of 10TV and will take the executive lead of our broadcast news operations in Columbus and Indianapolis,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement.

Cardenas replaces Tom Griesdorn, who will retire from WBNS in June after 14 years as president and general manager.

“It’s an honor to come back home to Columbus, yet still be involved in the award-winning journalism being done at both stations,” Cardenas said.

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WBNS President-GM Tom Griesdorn to Retire

Tom Griesdorn will retire next month after 14 years as president and general manager of WBNS, Dispatch Broadcasting Group’s CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.

“I’ve loved my time at WBNS-10TV and working with some truly outstanding broadcasters. Now my heart is telling me it’s time to settle down and enjoy life,” Griesdorn said in a statement. “But where ever I go, that heart will hold a special place for WBNS, The Dispatch Printing Company, and the amazing people I’ve been privileged to call my ‘work’ family and my friends.”

Griesdorn began his career in television as the manager of sales and financial controls at WLS in Chicago. He has also worked as general manager at WXYZ in Detroit and WOIO-WUAB in Cleveland.

“He has been a tremendous leader who returned the station to a position of market leadership and maintained that dominance for many, many years,” Dispatch Printing Company CEO Michael J. Fiorile said. “He hired a team of executives and newscasters who are among the best in our industry. He leaves a great legacy as he begins the next chapter of his life.”

Columbus Stations Benefit From Political Ad Spending

USA Today takes a look at political ad spending in Columbus, where viewers are already being “peppered with political ads from candidates, super PACs, and issue advocacy groups from the left and right” even though the election is six months away:

Columbus draws a lot of political advertising because it’s the largest city in a big swing state that this year also has a heated Senate contest and congressional races reconfigured by redistricting. What’s different here is that when the campaigns end, the advertising keeps on going. Political ads are on the air in Columbus all the time.

That’s great news for the local TV stations battered by a recession that torpedoed their commercial advertisers.  Read more

WBNS Picks WBBM Reporter Kristyn Hartman to Replace Longtime Anchor Andrea Cambern

Last October, longtime WBNS anchor Andrea Cambern announced that she would be stepping down from the anchor desk in May.  And now the Columbus CBS-affiliate has announced who will be taking her place alongside Jerry Revish, on the station’s main anchor team.

Kristyn Hartman, a general assignment reporter with Chicago’s WBBM for the past seven years, is joining WBNS and will take over for Cambern at the beginning of June.

“Kristyn embodies everything that was important to us in our search for a new anchor,” WBNS president and general manager Tom Griesdorn said, in announcing the move.  “An affinity for local news, a desire to impact change in her community, and a personality that will be a leader in our newsroom and a delight for our viewers.” Read more

Longtime Anchor Andrea Cambern Leaving WBNS

Longtime WBNS anchor Andrea Cambern announced today that she is stepping down from the anchor desk. She is set to leave her spot on WBNS’s perennially top-rated 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts in May.

In a staff meeting this afternoon, Cambern told her WBNS colleagues that “after twenty-years, it is simply the right time.” Cambern said that she plans to continue her commitment to various charitable organizations in central Ohio. Read more