Category: Corporate Chess

MOVING UP AT CBS NEWS

Jenna Gibson, an eight-year veteran of CBS News, is the division’s new managing editorial producer. What the hell does that mean exactly? Well kids, she will put on an extra hat, continuing to manage ...

NEWSMAX NAMES A NEW EVP

Newsmax TV has tapped Elliott Jacobson as its news EVP of programming and chief content officer. Newsmax, the brainchild of Trump pal Christopher Ruddy, targets boomers as its core audience. Jacobson is trading in ...

NEW ROLES AT THE PEACOCK

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle  has been named senior business correspondent at NBC News, but she wants to take that role in a different direction. Ruhle wants to do the type of business-news coverage that’s ...

THE MSNBC SHUFFLE

Frame it anyway you want. The recently announced scheduling shuffle at MSNBC results in Ali Velshi being relegated to weekend mornings starting in January. He currently anchors a weekday hour, preceded by a program ...

ANOTHER NEXSTAR MOVE

Nexstar Media Group has promoted Paula Jackson to VP/GM of WJHL in Johnson CIty, TN, effective immediately. Jackson, a twenty-year vet of Nexstar stations in the market most recently was WJHL’s general sales manager. ...

BACK TO 30 ROCK

Madeleine Haeringer is back at NBC News after a three-year tour of duty with Vice News where she was the exec in charge of HBO’s “Vice News Tonight” before it went dark last month. ...

FOX NEWS CHANGES

Fox News will move Mark Levin‘s  Sunday night program from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting this weekend as part of several changes to its lineup, The Hill has learned. Confirmed Fox News is moving ...

A SCRIPPS SHUFFLE

Two news manager moves at Scripps’ WXYZ in Detroit. Ronnie Love is the new morning executive producer, and Yve Jones has been named Real Time Manager. ND Rhonda Lavelle tells Rick Gevers that real ...

CBS MAKES SOME KEY MOVES

As the “CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell” prepares to move from Manhattan to Washington, DC, the news division has named Jay Shaylor as the program’s new executive producer. Shaylor is moving over from ...

CNN SHUFFLE

CNN International correspondent Matt Rivers is the newest member of the network’s Mexico City bureau after four years in Beijing. On one of his last major assignments in China, Rivers investigated the detention of  ...

NEW TOP DOG IN PHILLY

Brandin Stewart is the new GM at CBS-owned KYW in Philadelphia, replacing Brien Kennedy who took a quick exit from the station last month.. And hey, what better qualification? “My parents are from West ...

A RETURN TO ABC NEWS

Marie Nelson is headed back to ABC News to become svp, integrated content strategy. “Marie will work closely with leaders across the news division to strengthen our brand with multicultural audiences,” news division president ...

MOVING UP AT TELEMUNDO

Delines Batlle-Alonso is moving up the Telemundo food chain as she departs the assistant news director job at WNJU in New York to become VP of News at KVDA, the group’s San Antonio outlet. ...

KEEPING IT IN-HOUSE

A transfer between Scripps stations leaves Eric Gaylord as the new ND for KPAX in Missoula, MT. He’s been the ND at sister station KRTV in Great Falls, MT, since June, 2017. Eric began as a photographer, ...

HERE WE GO AGAIN…

CBS is once again preparing to make an offer for sister media company Viacom in the coming weeks, following a meeting of CBS directors last week in which a potential deal was discussed. If ...

COX ND TRIFECTA ACHIEVED

Cox executed a significant shuffle this week among its news executive ranks. Misti Turnbull is joining the corporate staff at Cox Media, and thus leaving her job as news director of the company’s Atlanta station, ...

MOVING UP IN GRAY

Tim Coles is the new general manager/general sales manager of Gray’s WBKO  in Bowling Green, Ky. For the past four years, Coles has been a couple of time zones away performing the same role ...

TEGNA NAMES TEXAS ND

Erin Wencl, a 12-year veteran of the tv news wars, is the new news director at Tegna’s KAGS in Bryan-College Station, TX. Let the flowery press release speak for itself. “Erin’s outstanding experience and ...

OTHER MEREDITH MOVES

In addition to  Hanson’s promotion,  Meredith also named new station managers in Las Vegas and Phoenix In Phoenix, AZ, Bianca Esparza Pap will be KTVK/KPHO’s station manager. She was most recently the marketing director ...

NEW NIGHTLY EP AT NBC NEWS

Matt Frucci is the new executive producer of “NBC Nightly News Weekend.” Frucci is currently senior executive producer of “MSNBC Weekends,” When he makes his move he will take over for Wesley Oliver, who ...

MEET THE NEW BOSS

Diane Hannes has been named president and general manager of WVIT-WRDM, NBCUniversal’s stations in Hartford, CT, replacing the departing Susan Tully, who is moving to Texas. Hannes departs WMAQ-WSNS Chicago, where she’s been VP ...

MOVING UP IN COLUMBUS

Nexstar’s WCMH in Columbus, OH, has promoted Brianne Betts to assistant news director. Betts has worked for WCMH for eight years. She started as a producer, was promoted to EP in 2015, and then Senior EP ...

THE CBS SHUFFLE GETS REAL

What had been speculated about for days, weeks and even months, becomes official this morning. Gayle King, the network’s $11 million woman, will be the sole survivor of the current “CBS This Morning” crew. ...

TELEMUNDO SHUFFLES GM

Robert Sarabia is the new president-GM of  KVDA in San Antonio, TX. For the past six years, he’s been vp of sales at sister station KTMD in Houston. Before joining KTMD and NBCUniversal, Sarabia ...

THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG

The rebooting of “Today’s” fourth hour continues, with the return of Joanne LaMarca to NBC News to become the program’s new executive producer. LaMarca, who left NBC News back in 2017 to “take some ...

NEWS CORP CEO LASHES MSM

News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson Tuesday night, took aim at the media’s apparent mocking of Middle America and The New York Times’ “muck-spreading,” while ramping up his criticism of big tech companies.  Thomson ...

“48 HOURS” GETS A NEW EP

The stamp denoting Susan Zirinsky’s presence at the helm of CBS News continues to make marks. Longtime senior producer Judy Tygard will succeed Zirinsky herself as executive producer of “48 Hours.” Tygard will oversee ...

NEW DENVER TELEMUNDO GM

Tatiana Argüello becomes the president and general manager of Telemundo’s KDEN in Denver, CO on May 6. She’s moving over from her current job as director of local and regional sales for the NBCUniversal ...

ORLANDO SHUFFLE?

We are hearing from NewsBluesers that the word at Graham Media’s WKMG in Orlando, FL is they are shopping around for a new weekend weather forecaster. It gets a little trickier from there. Some ...

CBS WOO’s KING

CBS is trying to lock up “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King to a new contract as the network is looking to her to be a pivotal player in a turnaround of the news ...

GRAY SCHOOLS SINCLAIR

Cable news veteran Greta Van Susteren is trying out local TV by joining Gray Television, which owns stations in more than 90 markets across the United States. Van Susteren will be chief national political ...

UPHEAVAL IN NASHVILLE

It’s no surprise that Denise Eck is out as news director of Meredith’s WSMV in Nashville. Not after the drama of the past few years that included a discrimination lawsuit against the station by ...

FNC NAMES NEW EXEC

John Finley is the new executive vice president of development at Fox News Channel In his new role, Finley will continue developing all new programs, series and documentaries for Fox News and will now ...

TRIBUNE PROMOTES IN ST. LOUIS

Tribune has promoted KTVI/KRLR‘s Kurt Krueger, its station manager in St. Louis, to general manager and vice president. Krueger will oversee all aspects of the Tribune duopoly . “Kurt has local expertise, strong relationships ...

YES, IT WAS A DEMOTION

After all the dust settled following this week’s announcement of an executive shuffle at NBC News, one thing seems abundantly clear: NBC News president Andrew Lack got demoted. Other executives got shiny new titles ...

OFFICE POLITICS

Three-time Chicago news director Carol Fowler is out the door at  The Chicago Sun-Times after a scant 14 months as senior vice president, digital news products. According to veteran Chicago media observer Robert Feder she came up on ...

ADD ANOTHER HAT

Tegna vp Bruce Cummings, who’s been overseeing things at KBMT and KJAC in Beaumont, WCEN in Waco-Temple, KAGS in Bryan-College Station, KYTX in Tyler, KIDY in San Angelo and KXVA in Abilene adds another ...

IOWA GM ADDS A CORPORATE HAT

Jim McKernan is being promoted to regional vice president of Quincy Media Inc., effective January 1. He’ll continue as GM of the company’s Waterloo, IA, station, KWWL where he’s been for more than six years. He’s ...

CBS OPEN TO MERGER?

We wonder, as Les Moonves allies melt away on the CBS board and in the corporate suite, what the odds are today that CBS and Viacom eventually do the bidding of majority stockholder Shari ...

LET THE SPECULATION BEGIN

Interim CBS INC CEO Joe Ianniello had barely hit “send’ on his first inter-office memo before the speculation started as to whom the permanent replacement for Les Moonves might be. Ianiello, who had been ...