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NBC Owned Stations Pick Up ‘The Meredith Vieira Show’

“The Meredith Vieira Show” has been sold to the NBC Owned Television Stations for its Fall 2014 debut, NBCUniversal announced today.

It is not a surprise that the NBC Owned Station Group would be the first to pick up the show, which will be produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution. In a statement announcing the news, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab said the group “couldn’t be happier to welcome Meredith Vieira to our 10 stations.”

“”With her genuine warmth, intelligence and likeability, as well as her extraordinary ability to understand and connect with viewers, Meredith is a great addition to our daytime lineup,” Staab said. “We look forward to the Fall of 2014.”

Vieira’s daytime talk show will be produced in New York City from a set that resembles her home. It will air on the NBC owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford.

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NBC Owned Station Group Promotes Meredith McGinn, Jeff Kurtz

The NBC Owned Television Stations have promoted Meredith McGinn to senior vice president of COZI TV Network and LX.TV Productions and Jeff Kurtz to senior vice president of digital media and multicast sales.

Both McGinn and Kurtz were previously vice presidents at the NBC Owned Television Stations. McGinn joined the group in 2011 and has led the development and launch of COZI TV, which is now available in 47.5 million homes. Before that, she was the director of news and content at WNBC in New York City.

“Over the last year-and-a-half, Meredith has done a tremendous job growing COZI TV from a concept into a successful network that is receiving great feedback from both viewers and affiliates,” Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement. “This well-deserved promotion reflects COZI TV’s success to date as well as its exciting future under Meredith’s leadership.”

Kurtz began with the NBC Owned Television Stations last year. He has overseen sales-related activities for COZI TV, LX.TV Productions and the digital media and digital out of home platforms. Read more

NBC Owned Stations Launch Second Annual Grant Challenge

The NBC Owned Television Stations are gearing up for its annual social innovation grant challenge, 21st Century Solutions. For the second year running, the program will award 30 grants totaling $1.2 million to local non-profits in the 10 markets where NBC owns local stations.

The application process will be run through the station’s websites. One winner and two runners-up will be awarded grants in each of the ten participating markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., Miami-Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Hartford-New Haven.

“Our stations are proud to partner with some of the most innovative non-profit organizations in the communities we serve,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement. “21st Century Solutions enables us to help create positive change in the places where we live and serve.”

Jeff Morris Named SVP of Operations and Technology For NBC Owned Stations

Jeff Morris has been promoted to senior vice president of operations and technology for the NBC Owned Stations.

Morris has been vice president of technology for the station group since 2008. In his new role, he will oversee technology, sales and traffic operations, environmental health and safety, and FCC compliance for the 10 NBC owned stations.

“As our industry rapidly evolves, I am confident that Jeff and his team will continue to ensure we have the ability to deliver our audiences the best local content anytime and anywhere,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Stations, said in a statement.

Ric Harris Named President and GM of WVIT

Ric Harris has been promoted to president and general manager of WVIT, the NBC-owned station in Hartford-New Haven.

Harris joined WVIT in March as vice president of sales. Prior to that, he spent two years at Accenture, where he was manager of communications, media and technology. From 2005-07, he was EVP and general manager of digital media and strategic marketing for the NBC-owned stations. Prior to that, he was VP-GM of WEWS in Cleveland.

“Ric Harris loves the local TV business and is committed to becoming a strong part of the communities in Connecticut we serve. He already knows what a great group of people we have at our station in Hartford, and as Vice President of Sales, has become an important addition to that team,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Stations, said in a statement. Read more

Longtime NBC Executive David Doebler Named President-GM of WMAQ

David Doebler has been named president and general manager of WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago. His appointment is effective immediately, the station announced Tuesday.

It is a move within NBC for Doebler, who has been president and general manager of NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford-New Haven since 2005.

“David has done a great job strengthening the competitive position of NBC Connecticut,” NBC Owned Stations president Valari Staab said in a statement. “With his leadership abilities, local broadcast experience and record of success, I am confident he has the right skills to steer WMAQ as the station continues its forward progress.”

Before joining WVIT, Doebler was the president and general manager for WVTM in Birmingham, which was an NBC O&O during his time there. He has also worked as the vice president of creative services and sales for WNCN, the former NBC O&O in Raleigh-Durham.

“I could not be more honored to join WMAQ and to work with the very talented team at the station to continue the tremendous momentum in the market,” Doebler said.

Doebler replaces Larry Wert, who left WMAQ for Tribune last month.

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Renewed Through 2017

Ellen DeGeneres‘ daytime talk show has been renewed by the NBC Owned Television Stations and as well as 179 other stations, through the 2016-17 season.

Renewal of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which is distributed by Warner Brothers, covers 96% of the country. In a statement announcing the news, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab called the show “the crown jewel” of the station group’s daytime lineup.

“We are proud and thrilled to extend our relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, all the great people working on her show and our friends at Warner Bros,” Staab said.

Steve Carlston On ‘Rebuilding the News Legacy’ at KNBC

Since taking over as president and general manager of KNBC in October 2011, Steve Carlston has been a busy man.

Carlston says the many changes under his watch at the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles have resulted in a significant improvement in the station’s “corporate culture.” He cites Comcast’s investment in local programming, as well as the leadership of NBC Universal president Steve Burke and NBC Owned Stations president Valari Staab.

“It’s hard to describe in a word, but it’s a better place to feel part of a team, it’s a more competitive environment than it’s ever been,” Carlston tells TVSpy. “They believe we can be the news leader again.”

If the changes at the station over the past eighteen months are any indication, Carlston clearly believes it, too. He has hired a new news director and assistant news director, strengthened the station’s investigative reporting team and expanded the weekend and midday newscasts.

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It’s Official: Larry Wert Leaving WMAQ For Tribune

WMAQ general manager Larry Wert is leaving the NBC O&O for a top job at Tribune Co. Wert will be the president of local broadcasting,  overseeing strategy and opreations for 23 television stations and Chicago-based WGN Radio, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Wert will report to Peter Liguori, who stepped into the CEO role after the company emerged from bankruptcy last month.

“Our TV assets are an incredibly important part of the Tribune Co. We wanted to bring someone on board who had the breadth of experience, the depth of relationships and the energy to take innovations and get them across the goal line,” Ligouri said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I just felt that we could take these local broadcast stations and really supercharge them behind Larry’s expertise and stewardship.”

Wert, a Chicago native, has been president and general manager of WMAQ since 1998. In 2008, he was named president of NBC Local Media’s central and western region, overseeing KNTV in San Francisco, KNBC in Los Angeles, KNSD in San Diego and KXAS in Dallas in addition to WMAQ. In 2011, NBC named Wert executive vice president of station initiatives for the NBC-owned stations.

“I grew up here, I spent most of my career here so I respect the great legacy of the Tribune co. I’m familiar with their great assets,” Wert told Broadcasting & Cable. “Their station footprint is significant in 36% of the country. I think there’s an opportunity right now to be part of its future in a very positive way.”

Rumors of Wert’s departure from WMAQ began last week. In his new job, he will remain based in Chicago.

>Update: NBC Owned Television Stations President Valari Staab has released a statement:

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for Larry to run a broadcast group and stay in his hometown of Chicago. I greatly appreciate his dedication and have truly enjoyed working with him over the last 18 months. I wish him the very best in his new role.

NBCU President Steve Burke Touts Success of NBC-Owned Stations

In a memo on the two-year anniversary of Comcast acquiring a controlling stake of NBC Universal, NBCU president Steve Burke highlights a milestone year for the 10 NBC-owned stations.

Burke’s memo identifies four areas of the company that had particularly “noteworthy achievements” over the last year: primetime, sports, the owned stations and Universal Parks. Of the owned stations, Burke writes:

This is another business that some said should be left to decline. Instead, we invested in our stations and under the leadership of Valari Staab and her team, our stations group has undergone a significant turnaround in ratings and financial performance.

… These businesses deserve to be called out because they all had great years. Interestingly, not many people would have picked NBC Prime, NBC Sports, Owned Stations and Parks as big near-term growth opportunities. The important lesson is that we have the ability to transform even mature businesses if we invest and manage them intelligently.

TVNewser has Burke’s full memo.

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