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Three Media General Stations Debut New Sets

Three Media General stations — WFLA in Tampa, WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg and WCBD in Charleston — have debuted new sets designed by FX Design Group:

Each station sports a very contemporary design with utmost flexibility for breaking news, weather, entertainment and traffic. The highlights are LED curtains, LED color changing vaccuform walls, vertical columns and headers. All three stations have 3 x 3 x 46 monitor walls and 80” touch screens for anchor and reporter interaction. WFLA has a unique 2 x 3 x 46” vertical wall to showcase breaking news, branding or specials.

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Media General Names Don Pratt GM of WCBD

pratt wcbdMedia General has named Don Pratt VP and GM of Charleston, S.C., NBC affiliate WCBD.

This is a return to Charleston for Pratt who was news director of CBS affiliate WCSC from 2001-2005.

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcast leader to WCBD,” Bob Peterson, VP of broadcast markets for Media General said in a statement. “Don understands the Charleston market from a news perspective and what drives its audience.”

Pratt comes to WCBD from Sinclair owned KBOI-KYUU in Boise, ID, where he was VP and GM. Before that he was news director of KATU in Portland, OR, for six years. He has also worked at WHDH in Boston, WCSC in Charleston, and KGO in San Francisco.

Bettina Boateng Replaces Andrea Lindenberg on WVTM Evening Newscasts

Bettina Boateng (left) has moved from mornings to evenings at WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. She replaces Andrea Lindenberg, who departed from the station last month after her contract was not renewed, the Birmingham News reports.

Boateng took over as co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, alongside Mike Royer, last week. “Bettina has become a friend to me and my family over the years,” Royer said in a statement. “Now, I’m really excited to work with her every day.”

Boateng joined WVTM in 2007 as a weekend anchor and was promoted to morning anchor in 2010. Before moving to Birmingham, she was a weekend anchor at WCBD in Charleston, S.C.

According to the Birmingham News, Lindenberg wrote on Facebook that she will seek a “more simple life” with her family.

“Though this was not my decision, it is one I’ve wanted to make but was always too scared to do on my own,” she wrote.

Cleve Bryan Joins KYW in Philadelphia

Cleve Bryan is joining KYW in Philadelphia as the CBS O&O’s New Jersey reporter.

Bryan, a New Jersey native, joins the station from WVEC in Norfolk, Va. where he has been a reporter and anchor since 2011. He has also worked at WCBD in Charleston, S.C., WMGM in Atlantic City and The Florida Channel in Tallahassee.

Bryan begins at KYW on July 1.

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

5 Tips on Covering a Hurricane

With Hurricane Irene barreling toward the east coast and expected to make landfall this weekend, we thought it was time to call on some experts — meteorologists from Miami, Charleston and Tampa — for their advice on what to do, and what not to do, when covering a hurricane. Here’s what they recommend. Read more

Kathryn Bonfield Leaves Post at WFLA to Become WJXT’s News Director

Kathryn Bonfield, an assistant news director for Tampa’s WFLA, is moving to the other side of Florida to become news director for Jacksonville’s WJXT.

The Post-Newsweek-owned independent station announced this week that Bonfield would fill the position vacated by Mo Ruddy.  Ruddy had led the WJXT newsroom for over nine years before departing at the end of 2010 to pursue other opportunities.

Bonfield, who graduated from the University of Florida, served as news director for NBC-affiliate WCBD in Charleston, SC before becoming WFLA’s assistant ND.

Bonfield is set to join WJXT at the end of the month.