Chicago public tv station WTTW has hired Hugo Balta as the station’s newly-created news director position, effective Feb. 3l.

He succeeds Mary Field, who retired in July after 23 years at the station.

Balta was previously a senior producer at MSNBC and is a two-time president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

From the “That Didn’t Last Long” Department, Houston blogger Mike McGuff reports that KTRK reporter Katherine Marchand has left the station and TV news altogether.

She reportedly is going into the management consulting business.

Marchand arrived at the station in August of 2018 after three years in Chattanooga.

Consulting. Hmmmph….

In Greenville, SC, meteorologist Dale Gilbert announced that he is scaling back his current work schedule at Hearst’s WYFF.

Beginning next month, Gilbert will bring viewers the forecast Saturday & Sunday mornings on WYFF and will contribute special stories weekday mornings.

Gilbert began his career at WYFF .(then WFBC-TV) doing fill-in weather in the early 1970’s.

He joined the station full time as morning and noon meteorologist in 1996.

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