Bob Sullivan, former Scripps VP of content, returns to Gannett at the end of the month to work on “new programming ideas, local and national, across traditional and new platforms, both on our own and in partnership with others,” according to an introductory memo from Gannett Broadcasting President Dave Lougee. Sullivan will be based in Phoenix.
More than 50 debates will have been broadcast and streamed by election day. Web-exclusive election night coverage will stream across Gannett’s digital platforms.
The new agreement puts the recently expanded Gannett ABC portfolio under a common, long-term affiliation agreement.
As VP of development, former TLC executive Stephanie Eno will find and guide the development of interactive projects for producing, testing and national syndication at the new partnership.
The new partnership gives Gannett Broadcasting the ability to test and perfect broad-appeal, first-run syndicated programming with a focus on interactivity across all genres from Debmar-Mercury on many of its stations beginning in 2015. In addition, Gannett will use the digital presence of its stations — including mobile — to reach viewers wherever they are.
The $215 million deal for the Texas stations breaks down to two ABC and Fox affils and one each from CBS and NBC, with an additional NBC affil on a subchannel. After closing, London COO Phil Hurley will continue to run the stations.
Patti Dennis, VP of news at KUSA and regional news executive for Gannett Broadcasting, is adding corporate recruiting responsibilities while cutting back day-to-day newsroom duties, according to an announcement from the parent company.