Belo taps the president-general manager of its Tucson duopoly to run its ABC affiliate in Norfolk, Va.
Belo Corp. announced today that Tod A. Smith has been promoted to president and general manager of its ABC affiliate WVEC Hampton-Norfolk, Va. (DMA 43), effective August 10. He will report to Kathy Clements, Belo’s senior vice president/television operations.
Smith joins WVEC from Belo stations KMSB (Fox) and KTTU (MNT) in Tucson, Arizona, where he has been president-general manager since June 2006.
Prior to Tucson, Smith was vice president and media director for Peter A. Mayer Advertising, an advertising agency in New Orleans. From 1999 to 2005, he was the local sales manager for WWL, Belo’s CBS affiliate in New Orleans.
Smith started his career with WWL in 1980 as a production assistant and was promoted to engineer in 1982 while working toward his college degree. Upon completion of his degree in 1984, Smith joined Shell Oil Co. He rejoined WWL in 1993 as a marketing executive. In 1995, Smith was named director of research and audience development, and was promoted to local sales manager in 1999.
Smith holds a bachelor’s of business administration in management from Loyola University of New Orleans.