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George Cheeks has been appointed president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, effective March 23.
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Fred Silverman, the only executive to have headed programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks, died Thursday at his home in the Pacific Palisades.
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The ANA today announced that marketing and media executive Nadine Karp McHugh has been named the first president of SeeHer, its industry-leading movement for gender equality in advertising, marketing, and entertainment.
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Theodore Holton Walworth Jr., former president of NBC’s owned stations, died Jan. 16 at 95. He was VP and general manager of WNBC New York throughout the ‘60s, and then president of the NBC group for most of the ‘70s.
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Lehrer, who died Thursday at 85, spent 36 years dispensing the news on PBS before stepping aside in 2011, a tenure marked by the fact that he was never marked by much controversy or partisan contention.
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Janene Drafs was appointed as VP/GM of KTLA-5, now perhaps Nexstar’s biggest broadcast property outside of WGN-9 in Chicago, and WPIX-11 in New York.
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Griffin Communications-owned CBS affiliate KOTV Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 58), said that after 30 years as an anchor and reporter, Rick Wells has announced his retirement.
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She is promoted from head of sales to succeed the retiring Rick Blangiardi, who plans to run for mayor of Honolulu.
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The Nexstar independent in Chicago promotes its executive producer to take over the news department following Jennifer Lyons’ move to lead WGN America’s new national primetime News Nation.
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ViacomCBS reorganized its ad sales team a month after Viacom and CBS combined and top sales execs from Pluto TV, Pop and Smithsonian Channel will be leaving the network.
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Execs from CBS Interactive, NBCU Telemundo and Sinclair are among recipients.
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Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, has been promoted to chairman and chief executive of the network. He will oversee all creative and business aspects of The CW, which is a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and ViacomCBS.
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ABC World News Tonight anchor and 2020 co-anchor David Muir has been tapped to receive the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation.
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Meredith’s Local Media Group has a new VP/GM for what is branded as “Western Mass News” – Steve Doerr.
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Comcast Corporation announced today that Marci Ryvicker will join the company as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, in mid-January. She will report to Mike Cavanagh, Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation.
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The station group’s SVP of local media, Brad Streit, is retiring and will be succeeded by WVUE GM Tim Ingram.
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Fred P. Graham, a legal affairs reporter, TV anchor and author who covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and the major trials and controversies of a tumultuous juridical era for The New York Times, CBS News and Court TV, has passed away.
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A memorial service celebrating Joe's full and wonderful life will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020, 10 a.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation.
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ViacomCBS's DeDe Lea has been appointed to the NAB Television Board of Directors.
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Several promotions were seen in Fox Corporation‘s ad sales organization, while the leadership of the company’s sports sales team has been expanded.
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