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Cox-owned Gamut today appointed four new leaders who will oversee key areas of the digital media services business. Soo Jin Oh is Gamut’s new VP of client strategy and solutions, Meghan Bentley is now director of business development, Jason Whidby is regional director of sales, West, and Blake McClean is regional director of sales, Southeast.
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CBS Corp. chief operating officer Joe Ianniello will be sticking around Black Rock through mid-2022 thanks to a new contract that took effect this month.
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Bob Walters has joined Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KWTX Waco-Temple-Killeen, Texas (DMA 87), as news director. At the same time, Reed Watson, a Texas native whose 40-year television career includes 17 years with CBS News as a regional producer, has been named assistant news director.
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John Piccone has rejoined Simulmedia as president-Chief Revenue Officer, replacing Tim Spengler who had the position for a year at the national TV ad tech company.
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E.W. Scripps COO Adam Symson will officially become the company’s CEO and president when Rich Boehne, the current chief executive, retires Aug. 8, Scripps announced Monday.
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Former ESPN executive Oliver Dizon is joining Fox Networks Group as executive VP of pricing and planning in the company's advertising sales division.
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Bert Medina, president of Berkshire Hathaway ABC affiliate WPLG Miami (DMA 16), was appointed to the NAB Television Board of Directors by Television Board Chairman Jordan Wertlieb, effective immediately. Medina fills the ABC affiliate board seat previously held by Bill Hoffman.
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Frank Whittaker, longtime news boss of Chicago’s NBC-owned station, has been chosen to lead the state’s alliance of television and radio broadcasters.
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Marquee Broadcasting announced that it will close on its purchase of WNKY Bowling Green, Ky. (NBC-CBS, DMA 181) and promote the GM of the station, Linda Gray, to COO of the growing small-market station group.
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At the 2017 Hall of Fame Breakfast of the Emma Bowen Foundation, retired Fox President of Station Operations Dennis Swanson (l) was inducted into foundation’s Hall of Fame.
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Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, has been unanimously elected as NAB joint board chair by the NAB Joint Board of Directors. Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television, was elected as NAB Television Board Chairman. Randy D. Gravley, president-CEO, Tri State Communications, was elected Radio Board chair by the NAB Radio Board.
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Mike Mischler, who began his career producing promos for KSL-TV Salt Lake City then rose to marketing management positions at CBS-TV and CBS Television Distribution, received Promax BDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday.
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NBC-owned WVIT Hartford, Conn. (DMA 30), named Mandy Anderson vice president of sales. Anderson will be responsible for developing and implementing all local, national and sales strategies for the NBC-owned station in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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CBS has promoted Margot Wain to SVP Daytime Programs, and Ray Paolantonio and Laurie Seidman have been upped to VP Daytime Programs.
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Fox Television Group has a new chief marketing officer -- network veteran Shannon Ryan. In addition, former ABC marketing executive Darren Schillace has been named EVP, marketing for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
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Noriko Kelley has been promoted to executive VP of program planning & scheduling at CBS Entertainment. She succeeds and will report to Kelly Kahl, who was recently named president of entertainment.
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Fox Networks Group said it promoted Ed Davis to the role of chief product officer for advertising sales, a new position that will have him overseeing new products and services being developed for advertisers.
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NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises today named Laura Lee executive vice president, content, strategy and operations.
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Tribune Broadcasting President Larry Wert has been named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Additionally, Tribune’s WGN-AM was named Chicago Market Station of the Year, the station’s tenth consecutive year of honor by the IBA.
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Tribune Broadcasting’s Fox affiliate WDAF Kansas City (DMA 33) has appointed Dana McDaniel news director, reporting to VP-GM Tracy Brogden Miller.
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