The annual Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards Awards will be presented at the BFA’s breakfast during the NAB Show. Among this year’s honorees are Alan Frank, Charles Osgood and Mike McKinnon.
The Washington Post Co.’s station group CEO will step down at the end of the year. He’ll be succeeded by WLS GM and Live Well Network creator Emily Barr, who joins the company in July.
Alan Frank, president of the six-station Post-Newsweek group, says that he has expanded his use of the Rentrak set-to-box viewing data because his problems with the local Nielsen services are “extraordinary and severe.” He may not renew his Nielsen contract, he says.
Alan Frank has been CEO of the station group owned by the Washington Post Co. since the business barely faced a question about a robust future. Assuming the role 11 years ago, he took over before disruption from DVRs or Web video seemed troubling and when the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts loomed larger in local communities. Yet, Frank’s optimism about the local-station business was on display last week at a Post Co. shareholders’ meeting.
As part of an NAB Show panel on the FCC’s spectrum plans, Post-Newsweek President Alan Frank says the proposal to auction spectrum to aid broadband is not so much how such a voluntary auction will affect the minority of broadcasters who choose to participate in it, but rather how it will affect the majority who choose not to. And then there’s that word “voluntary.” “I had the honor of serving in the Army and I understand voluntary,” Frank said. Responding was FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake, who promised that it was not the FCC’s intention to degrade TV service in any way.
Roger Ailes, David Barrett, Donald Graham and Brian Williams are among those helping honor Post-Newsweek’s Alan Frank on Feb. 28.
Deborah Norville, the two-time Emmy award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, will host the 2011 Golden Mike Award to honor Alan W. Frank, president-CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations. The fundraising event takes place on Monday, Feb. 28, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in support of the charitable mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
Station group executives say that with growing multiplatform opportunities for stations, the need for compelling, creative syndicated programming is growing in importance. Said Post-Newsweek Stations’ Alan Frank: “No one does it like television. No one sells emotion like we do.”