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The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected Wendy McMahon and Charlie Weiss, to its board of directors, and named Dennis Lyle an officer and vice president.
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The longtime NBCUniversal employee will serve as senior vp current programming, reporting to recent International Studios import JoAnn Alfano.
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The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected three new officials to its board of directors. The foundation is comprised of professionals in the broadcast industry, committed to giving back.
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Jason Effinger, Gray Television’s executive vice president and chief digital and media technology officer, will leave the company in the coming weeks.
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Next-generation national news network Newsy has expanded its New York City-based sales and distribution team, hiring Ken Ripley as vice president of sales and appointing Stephen Strong as vice president of strategic partnerships.
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WDIV morning anchor Rhonda Walker has been awarded the NABJ Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.
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The travel host Anthony Bourdain was found dead on Friday at 61. Initial reports suggest the death was a suicide.
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Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WPIX New York (DMA 1), has promoted Elle Spektor to manager of digital strategy and production.
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The memorial fund will support the foundation’s mission of providing aid to past and present members of the broadcasting profession who have fallen on hard times.
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Tegna and Premion announced new hires, Joel Fineman and Peter Ilberg, for key positions to “accelerate Premion’s ability to serve the rapidly-evolving over-the-top (OTT) advertising market.”
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Hearst -owned NBC affiliate WBAL Baltimore (DMA 26) has named Baltimore native Jerome Chester director of programming and public affairs. He starts his new role on June 11.
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Anna Robertson has been named vp of growth and partnerships–a new role–for the ABC owned TV stations group.
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Brent Denny, formerly national sales manager at Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 28), becomes the station's general sales manager.
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Ben Dobson was named VP of news for NBC’s TV station in Boston, Telemundo’s station in Boston and regional news network necn.
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News-Press Gazette Co. named Jerry Upham the new general manager for its Palm Springs, Calif., stations
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WYFF, the NBC-affiliated station in Greenville, South Carolina, is mourning the loss of two journalists who died while on assignment in the region on Monday.
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ABC O&O WABC New York promoted Chad Matthews to vice president and news director. He has been WABC's assistant news director since returning to the station last year.
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House Republican candidates are blanketing the airwaves with TV ads embracing a hard line on immigration. Republicans have aired more than 14,000 campaign ads.
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Univision has tapped media veteran Vincent Sadusky as chief executive, succeeding Randy Falco.
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Karen Holmes Ward, WCVB Boston’s director of public affairs and community service, will be presented with an honorary doctorate by Cambridge College.​
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