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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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Emily Barr, president-CEO, Graham Media Group, was re-elected as NAB Television Board chair, while David Santrella, Salem Media Group president of broadcast media, was re-elected Radio Board chair, among other results.
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Legendary agency creative and founder Mary Wells Lawrence has been named the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity’s 2020 winner of the Lion of St. Mark, making her the first female recipient of the honor.
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In Watertown, N.Y., WWNY news director Scott Atkinson is going to retire and longtime anchor Jeffrey Nelson will fill his role.
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Cox Media Group chose the former senior EVP and chief content officer of AT&T and its DirecTV subsidiary, Dan York, to succeed Kim Guthrie, who announced earlier this month that she was leaving.
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Award-winning local news executive Rob Elmore has been named the president and general manager of ABC’S WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
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Kyle I. Grimes, president and general manager since 2016 of Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg-Lebanon-York, Pa. was appointed president-GM of the company’s flagship, ABC affil WCVB Boston.
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Pat Nevin was named VP and general manager of KIRO-TV, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Seattle.
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During the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s virtual annual meeting, it was announced that Jae-Young Lee, senior research scientist at South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), is the 2020 recipient of the Bernard J. Lechner Award honoring technical and leadership contributions to the organization.
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Meredith Corp. promoted Jeff Holub to VP and general manager of WHNS-TV, the Fox affiliate in Greenville, S.C., effective May 18.
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Nexstar Broadcasting named J. Patrick Baldwin as VP and general manager for its broadcast and digital operations in the Quad Cities, effective immediately.
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Tegna’s NBC affiliate WCNC Charlotte, N.C. (DMA 21), has appointed Nicole Henderson director of sales.
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