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Philip Martzolf has been named president of NBC Affiliate Relations. Martzolf will join NBCUniversal from Sony Pictures Television, where he was executive VP of syndication, managing sales and marketing for first-run and off-network programming and domestic feature films.
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Some of 21st Century Fox’s best-known ad-sales executives will leave the company when it closes a large sale of its assets to Walt Disney and streamlines itself into a company known currently as “New Fox” in 2019.
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Hurricane Michael knocked WJHG in Panama City Beach, Fla. off air this year and also nixed internet, electricity, cellular service, even the water supply. When Carlini told staffers to stay home during Panhandle hurricane, they came to work.
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Over 50 years with CBS, David Poltrack, one of the most respected executives in research has documented the power of TV, even if he hasn’t been able to convince everyone.
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Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee have elected four industry executives to serve on the ATSC Board of Directors for three-year terms that begin in January 2019.
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Kristen Hampton, the “Good News” reporter at WBTV, the Raycom CBS affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., won the Social Media Excellence Award for individual talent for her humorous and authentic Facebook videos.
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Derek Schnell, co-assistant news director at Hearst’s KCRA (NBC)-KQCA (MNT) Sacramento, Calif. (DMA 20), has been promoted to news director.
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Lori Waldon, Hearst Television regional director of news and longtime news director at the company’s KCRA-KQCA Sacramento, Calif., has been promoted to president and general manager of KOAT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate.
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Kelli Raftery was promoted to executive vice president, communications, CBS Corp. She will report to Dana McClintock, chief communications officer.
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One of the most influential players in unscripted television just got a much bigger gig. Meredith Ahr, the head of Universal Television Alternative Studio, has been promoted to now oversee unscripted output at the broadcast network as well.
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There are more senior executive shifts at Disney-ABC Television in the wake of Walt Disney’s decision to buy about half of 21st Century Fox’s movie and TV business. Karey Burke formed ABC’s Freeform programming executive will have the new titles as president of ABC Entertainment
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Lynn Beall, EVP and COO of media operations, TEGNA recognized the incredible work her team has done in today’s media climate.
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Tegna-owned ABC affiliate KIII Corpus Christi, Texas today announced that Bruce Cummings, vice president at Tegna, will expand his role and become president and general manager of KIII in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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A new poll about how much viewers trust TV news anchors gives the highest marks to NBC’s Lester Holt.
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Frank Mungeam, a top television news executive who has led content transformation at one of the nation’s largest media companies, is joining Arizona State University as part of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation initiative to innovate local TV news.
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Univision Communications has appointed Diane Kniowski president and regional general manager of local media. Effective immediately, she will report directly to Univision CEO Vincent Sadusky, and be based in Miami.
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WPIX’s David Hyman, the station’s VP of marketing and creative services, will be inducted into the the NY NATAS Silver Circle in a ceremony on Nov. 29. WPIX is Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York.
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Nexstar Media Group appointed Scot Chastain vice president and general manager of CBS affiliate WLNS and associated mobile/digital services in Lansing, Mich. (DMA 110). In his new role, he will also oversee Nexstar’s relationship with Shield Media-owned ABC affiliate WLAJ and CW affiliate ELAJ-TV under a joint operating agreement.
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A SVP and regional manager for Nexstar Media Group with oversight of operations for 32 stations in 15 markets has just joined the nation’s leading Hispanic media company.
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The National Weather Association has named WESH meteorologistAmy Sweezey its Broadcaster of the Year. WESH is Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Orlando, Fla.
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