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Paul Dughi Named VP-GM at WAAY

paul dughiPaul Dughi has been named vice president and general manager of WAAY, Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate in Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. He will begin at the station in January.

In a note announcing the hire, Jeff Benninghoff, the vice president and general manager of sister station WWSB, said Dughi brings “an impressive track record in broadcasting.” Dughi was previously the president of Cowles California Media Company, which owns and operates six stations in California. He is a former general manager of KNDO-KNDU in Yakima and news director at WBNS in Columbus, KHQ in Spokane and WAEO in Rhinelander, Wisc.

Dughi replaces Art Lanham, who tipsters tell us resigned in October. Read Benninghoff’s note after the jump. Read more

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Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

UniteToFightPoverty_Anchors_281x156The local TV stations in Columbus, OH, have teamed up with the United Way of Central Ohio in an effort called “Unite to Fight Poverty.”

NBC affiliate WCMH, ABC affiliate WSYX, CBS affiliate WBNS and FOX affiliate WTTE will pre-empt their commercials between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to air jointly produced segments about poverty in the local area.

According to the United Way, “These segments will highlight the work of United Way and partner organizations in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home that is helping to build pathways out of poverty.”

Also, until 11:30 p.m. the stations will air stories “of local individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by the work of United Way of Central Ohio, partner organizations and supporters.”

Viewers will be asked to “learn more” and also “give now” to help fight poverty in the community.

[TVNewsCheck]

Ohio State Football Team Hugs Columbus Sports Anchor Who Recently Lost Daughter

After their 24-31 win against Big Ten Conference rival the Wisconsin Badgers, Buckeyes players and coaches gave Dom Tiberi, the WBNS sportscaster who recently returned to work after his daughter was killed in a car crash, a show of support that left the anchor for the CBS affiliate speechless.

One by one on their way back to the locker room, they stopped, reached out and embraced Tiberi. After it was all done, Tiberi said, “Whoah. That was amazing,” put his headset back on and let out a sigh.

[Deadspin]

Dom Tiberi Makes Emotional Return to Sports Desk After Daughter’s Death

WBNS sports anchor Dom Tiberi returned to the anchor desk at the Columbus, OH, CBS affiliate after his daughter’s death.

He thanked viewers, friends and colleagues for their support. “It’s never going to be the same. A little piece of me died,” said Tiberi with support from his co-anchors on set. He later added, “We’re going to try to make a positive out of this and thanks for sticking with me.”

Tiberi’s daughter, Maria Elizabeth Tiberi died after her car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer the night of September 17.

Ohio State University honored Maria with a moment of silence before the start of the Buckeye’s game with Florida A&M last Saturday.

WXIN General Manager Moves to Rival WTHR

Dispatch Broadcast Group has named Larry Delia president and general manager of WTHR-WALV in Indianapolis. Delia comes from rival WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2011.

“Larry is a highly respected broadcaster, with years of experience in skillfully managing high performance television stations,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement. “His knowledge of the Indianapolis market is a wonderful asset, and I couldn’t be happier that he will be joining our station in Indianapolis.”

Before joining WXIN, Delia worked as VP-GM of WPMT in Harrisburg and WGNO in New Orleans.

Delia succeeds John Cardenas, who was recently promoted to president-GM of WBNS and vice president of news for Dispatch. More in the full press release after the jump. Read more

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.

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.”

Frank Willson Leaving WBNS After 16 Years

Frank Willson, the longtime director of operations at WBNS, is leaving the Columbus CBS affiliate.

Willson will join AEP Energy as the vice president of marketing. His departure caps off a 16-year career at WBNS. He joined the station in 1997 as director of marketing and was promoted to director of operations in 2003.

His last day at WBNS will be April 3.

KARE, WBNS, KUSA Win Cronkite Awards

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced the 2013 winners of the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

KARE, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, won for local broadcast station. The judges cited its coverage of the marriage equality debate, calling KARE’s reporting “fair, balanced and deeply personal.” WBNS in Columbus received a special commendation for citizen engagement. Denver’s KUSA was the winner of the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, a category that was just introduced to the awards this year.

Two reporters were honored for individual achievement at a local broadcast station. Marshall Zelinger, a content producer and presenter at KMGH in Denver, won for his “clarity of presentation” and “modern production techniques.” Tom McKee, a reporter at WCPO in Cincinnatti, received the special commendation for citizen engagement for his his extensive fieldwork. Read more

Stations Re-Upping An Improved ‘Dr. Phil’

CBS Television Distribution‘s syndicated show, “Dr. Phil” is feeling the afterglow with local stations because of its resurgence in the ratings, according to TVNewsCheck.

“We were more than happy to renew Phil; its ratings have improved,” Randa Minkarah, senior vice president of Fisher Broadcasting, told TVNewsCheck. “The advertisers like Phil, too. It’s a known quantity to them.”

CBS Television Distribution shows “Dr. Phil” averaging a 3.2 household rating giving it a 23 percent lead over its nearest competitor. Read more

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