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After 20 Years at Fox, Kingsley Smith Resigns From KTTV

kttv set_304x200After two years as KTTV news director, Kingsley Smith is stepping down from the Los Angeles Fox O&O.

“After 20 years with Fox Television Stations, Kingsley Smith has resigned from employment with the company and will be pursuing other opportunities,” KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale said in a statement.

Smith joined KTTV in 2011. He has also worked as news director for Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia and KTVI in St. Louis, which was a Fox O&O at the time he was there. Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years at KDFW in Dallas, where he worked his way up from producer to executive producer to assistant news director.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy that a search is underway for Smith’s replacement. In the interim period, assistant news director Tom Searson will be acting news director.

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Kendis Gibson Joins WJLA in Washington, DC

Kendis Gibson, a former correspondent for CBS Newspath, is moving back east to join WJLA.

Gibson, who announced the move on Twitter, will be a weekday reporter and weekend anchor at WJLA, which is the ABC-affiliate in Washington, DC.

During his year as a CBS Newspath correspondent, Gibson was based in Los Angeles. He has worked at local station in several markets, including San Diego’s KSWB, Philadelphia’s WTXF and New York City’s WNBC, where he was one of the first reporters on the scene of the 9/11 attacks in lower Manhattan.

Although his official start date has not been announced, Gibson said on Twitter he will have started at the station in time for November sweeps.

WTXF Names Steve Schwaid VP and News Director

WTXF, the Philadelphia Fox O&O, has named Steve Schwaid news director and vice president. Schwaid leaves Atlanta where he has been VP of Digital Content for Meredith Stations as well as News Director for WGCL, CBS Atlanta.

It’s also a return to Philadelphia for Schwaid, who ran the news operation at NBC O&O WCAU before being upped to SVP of News and Programming for NBC’s O&O’s in New York. He held that post for 5 years before heading to Atlanta.

“I’m extremely excited about working for Fox 29 and coming back home to Philadelphia,” Schwaid said. “I look forward to taking WTXF’s news operation to the next level by delivering strong, relevant and compelling news.”

Before WCAU, Schwaid ran the newsrooms at WTOG in Tampa/St. Pete, WVIT in Hartford, and WGME in Portland, Maine.

“Steve’s depth of local news experience and proven record of success in Philadelphia made him the ideal leader for our newsroom,” said Patrick Paolini, WTXF VP & GM. “He is the right person to expand upon our station’s success as a news leader in this market.”