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Morgan Murphy Media named veteran broadcaster Lyle Banks as VP and general manager of WISC-TV, the company’s flagship station in Madison, Wisc.
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Recognizing journalists whose work has stood out in a challenging year like no other, B+ C created this program to enable TV programmers, including local stations and groups, to submit examples of their great work during this difficult time for recognition.
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Chhavi Saxena, new Vice President of Accounting and Finance, Larry Shiels, new VP of Sales, General Market Ad Agencies, John Abraham, new Vice President of Sales, Direct Response Ad Agencies have been announced as joining the PremiumMedia360 team.
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Ben Hart, since 2017 the news director at WISN, Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, has been promoted to president and general manager of WJCL, the company’s ABC affiliate in Savannah, Ga.
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Tegna Inc. today appointed Grady Tripp vice president and chief diversity officer. In this newly created position, Tripp will report directly to Tegna President-CEO Dave Lougee and partner with organizational leaders to develop and execute the company’s diversity strategy.
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NBCU, continuing to make organizational changes under new CEO Jeff Shell, said it promoted Pearlena Igbokwe as chairman of its Universal Studio Group, heading its TV production business.
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Timothy J. Morrissey, president and general manager of WJCL Savannah, will retire from the Hearst Television station this fall. He’s been GM at the station since 2014.
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Ad intelligence company Standard Media Index said it named Jason Keown as VP, marketing, a new position.
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Gray Television has promoted Jay Webb to general manager of WHSV (ABC) and WSVF (CBS/Fox) in Harrisonburg, Va. (DMA 175). He succeeds Sacha Purciful, who recently became general manager of Gray’s KSLA Shreveport, La.
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The NBCUniversal Owned Stations division named Anzio Williams as senior VP of diversity and inclusion.
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Sumner Redstone, the hard-charging mogul who parlayed his father’s New England drive-in theater business into a media empire that now flows into virtually every avenue of entertainment, has died. He was 97.
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Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, is B+C’s Broadcaster of the Year, an award she will receive at TVB’s Alt Forward Conference on Thursday, Oct. 1. Barr will be profiled in B+C’s awards issue on Sept. 21.
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Regis Philbin, the genial host who shared his life with television viewers over morning coffee for decades and helped himself and some fans strike it rich with the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” has died at 88.
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NBCU named Beau Ferrari as chairman of NBCU Telemundo Enterprises, effective immediately.
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Edwin T. Vane, a longtime television executive at NBC, ABC and Group W Productions, died June 26 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced. He was 93.
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Les Crystal, who was president of NBC News in the late 1970s before serving for more than two decades as the executive producer of PBS’s NewsHour, died. He was 85.
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Nexstar announced that Brian Jones, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire Aug. 1 following a 40-year career in the broadcast industry.
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Scripps appointed Ramon Pineda to lead its operations in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he will serve as vice president and general manager of Scripps’ NBC-CW affiliate, KRIS, and its independent LPTV branded KDF.
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The NAB appointed Michelle Duke chief diversity officer, effective July 1. In the newly created position, Duke will spearhead NAB’s internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as a resource to NAB member companies.
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Mike Lee was promoted to vice president and general manager of its broadcast and digital operations in Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas (DMA 82) —KWKT (Fox), KYLE (MyNetworkTV) and their associated digital and mobile operations, including EstrellaTV and fox44news.com.
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