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The Board of Directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee has elected FOX Networks executive Richard Friedel as its Board Chairman for 2017.
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NBC News has shaken up its executive structure, with “Today” executive producer Noah Oppenheim taking over as president and current head Deborah Turness becoming the first president of NBC News International.
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Gray Television’s NBC affiliate KVLY Fargo, N.D. (DMA 116) has promoted Renee Nygren to assistant news director.
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Doug Hamilton will be replaced by Byron Grandy as VP and GM of Nexstar-owned CBS affiliate WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
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Gray Soapes has been named VP and GM of Nexstar’s WCBD in Charleston, S.C.
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Tribune Media’s COO/Broadcasting has been selected to fill the Fox Affiliate Board seat on the NAB TV Board of Directors.
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Richard Horrmann was named VP, communications, ABC Entertainment. He will oversee communication efforts for ABC Entertainment shows, series and specials, in addition to publicity campaigns around corporate, consumer and marketing initiatives.
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Nexstar today appointed Larry Cottrill vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WRIC Richmond, Va. (DMA 55).
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The Disney-ABC Television Group is consolidating the ad sales efforts of its entertainment, news and kids businesses under Rita Ferro, who becomes president of ad sales at Disney-ABC.
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Fox Broadcasting Co. today named long-time producer and executive Rob Wade president of alternative entertainment and specials. Wade will oversee the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate starting in March.
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Graham Media Group on Monday, promoted Katherine Fuller to vice president of research. Fuller will oversee research for the group’s seven television stations and digital platforms.
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Travis Ruiz is leaving Amarillo, Texas ABC affiliate KVII.
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Leon Clark, interim general manager of E.W. Scripps’ Tucson, Ariz. duopoly, has been given the job permanently. Clark will lead KGUN, the market’s ABC affiliate, and KWBA, a CW affiliate.
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Gray Television on Thursday appointed two veteran broadcasters, Mike Oates and Sacha Purciful, as general managers of its stations in Augusta, Ga. (DMA 111), and Harrisonburg, Va. (DMA 177).
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WGN America today promoted David Diederich to the new role of SVP, national ad sales. In addition to managing the western regional office, Diederich’s elevated responsibilities include the business development of the network’s roster of national marketing partnerships.
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Chris Lanni, the long-time News Director at Channel 10, is no longer with the station. Lanni had served as News Director for more than seven years, and had been with the market-leading station for more than a decade.
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Veteran CBS Television Stations executive Brian Watson has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the group’s WWJ (CBS) and WKBD (CW) Detroit (DMA 13).
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Gray Television today appointed three veteran broadcasters, Nancy Johnson, Chris Fry and Deedee Caciari, as the new managers of its Alaska television stations.
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Nexstar Media Group today named Melissa Stacy director of local content development, responsible for overseeing the execution and expansion of the company’s local broadcast and digital content and viewer engagement initiatives.
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CBS-owned KTVT Dallas (DMA 5) appointed Andrea Parquet-Taylor VP-news director. Parquet-Taylor joins the station from WNCN Raleigh-Durham, N.C., where she has been news director since 2011.
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