Hearst Names News Talent Recruitment Dir.

Longtime Hearst Television news executive Sinan Sadar is chosen to head the station group’s new multi-pronged effort in the newly created position.

Project OAR: Ready For Live TV Deployments

The first phases of dynamic, addressable advertising trials include participation from Fox, ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, Scripps, AMC Networks, Disney Media Networks, Discovery, Hearst Television and WarnerMedia.

DMA 124: MONTEREY-SALINAS, CA

Joseph Heston To Retire As KSBW President-GM

The Hearst broadcaster caps a five-decade career, including 21 years leading its NBC-AABC-Estrella affiliate KSBW Monterey, Calif.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BARB MAUSHARD

TVN Executive Session | Hearst’s Maushard: ‘We Will Continue To Adapt’

Hearst Television’s SVP of News Barb Maushard says it’s “extremely troubling” to see journalists under fire in their coverage of recent protests over U.S. racial injustice. She lauds their commitment to facing dangers from numerous quarters in returning each day to the volatile, anxious streets of their communities and says Hearst’s news operation is ready to adapt to anything 2020 can throw at it.

DMA 47: HARRISBURG-LANCASTER, PA

Justin Antoniotti Named WGAL GM

The move to succeed Kyle Grimes in Harrisburg-Lancaster is a return to the Keystone State for the veteran Hearst station executive, who most recently was president-GM of WPTZ-WNNE Burlington, Vt.

DMA 9: BOSTON

Kyle Grimes Named WCVB President-GM

The veteran Hearst Television executive and GM of its WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg, Pa., is tapped to succeed the retiring Bill Fine as head of Hearst’s Boston flagship beginning July 1.

Greg Turner Named Hearst TV Eastern Region Engineering Director

Greg Turner, who has served for three decades as an engineering executive for Hearst Television, most recently at the company’s WCVB Boston and, before that, Sacramento, has been promoted to eastern region director of engineering. In his new role, Turner will supervise engineering operations at the Hearst stations in the eastern portion of the United […]

DMA 71: OMAHA, NE

Shawn Oswald Named GM Of KETV Omaha

Hearst moves him from KHBS-KHOG Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Ark., to succeed Ariel Roblin as leader of its ABC affiliate in Omaha.

Hearst Television Names Kevin Johnson Director Of Veteran Recruiting

Kevin Johnson, Hearst Television’s director of graphics operations since 2012, has been named the company’s director of veteran recruiting.  Johnson, a decorated 20-year Army, Army Reserve and Operation Desert Storm veteran who attained the rank of sergeant first class, succeeds Dave Kaylor, who inaugurated the position in 2015 and who is retiring from Hearst Television. […]

DMA 20: SACRAMENTO, CA

Elliott Troshinsky To Retire As KCRA-KQCA GM

The local broadcaster caps a five-decade career including 20 years leading Hearst Television’s NBC-MNT duopoly in Sacramento, Calif.

Hearst Stations Expand Coronavirus Reporting

The group’s second Facebook Watch show, Field Notes, features pandemic stories from Hearst stations in 26 markets cross the U.S.

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TVN Tech | For Election 2020, It’s IP In A Landslide

Stations and broadcast networks alike are heavily turning to IP contribution to cover the presidential primaries this year as past contention problems have largely dissipated and cellular networks greatly improved. For some, however, dedicated fiber and satellite trucks will still play a key role.

Hearst Stations Go Dark On DirecTV

Hearst Television, after granting four temporary extensions to DirecTV and streaming service AT&T TV Now to try to hammer out a deal, pulled its 34 broadcast stations from the satellite giant’s customers Friday evening, after the parties failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement.

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TVN Tech | 2020 Vision: IP, Cloud, 3.0, 5G Come Into Focus

Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.

Hearst Hires Jeff Rossen, Adds ‘Rossen Reports’

The consumer series will be distributed across all Hearst Television stations and platforms.

Hearst Television Appoints Political Ad Director

Industry veteran Gerry McGavick adds the new role to his existing duties overseeing ad sales at the group’s WMUR Manchester, N.H.

Hearst Stations To Explore Issues In Every State

In advance of the 2020 elections, the station group also announces a partnership with FactCheck.org to support identifying the facts in campaign ads, statements and speeches.

Hearst TV Commits To Impressions Selling

“We have always focused on providing large, quality audiences to our advertisers,” said Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television’s president. “Today’s video marketplace requires contemporary measurement metrics.”

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TVN Focus On Advertising | TVB Driving Impressions-Based Ad Buying

“In our current multiplatform world, everything is now being sold on an impression basis except linear TV,” says TVB President Steve Lanzano. “We want local TV stations and the ad agencies to be able to sell and buy that way, too. We have been working with the buying agencies for some time behind the scenes and now we are going public.”

Hearst Television Advances Three Executives

Katherine Barnett, Suzanne Grethen and Nicholas Radziul are promoted to senior vice president.

Hadl To Succeed Faubell As Hearst Engineering VP

Stefan Hadl is tapped to succeed Martin Faubell who will retire next year. Hadl will oversee the Hearst stations’ engineering operations and staffs.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BARB MAUSHARD

Hearst Aims For News Transparency, Relatability

Hearst Television’s SVP of news says local newscasts don’t need a radical reinvention to stay relevant to younger audiences, but they must adhere to trust and transparency in a more relatable voice.

DMA 92: JACKSON, MS

WAPT Jackson Expands Saturday Late News

Hearst-owned ABC affiliate WAPT Jackson, Miss. (DMA 92), is expanding its Saturday 10 p.m. newscast. Starting Jan. 19, 16 WAPT News at 10 p.m. will air until 11:05, providing a full hour of local news, weather and sports. WAPT says it will be the only station in the Central Mississippi television market to produce a […]

Hearst, Nielsen Renew Ratings Agreement

The deal provides Hearst television stations with local electronic ratings across its 26 local markets; national TV ratings for its syndicated program, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, and for Litton Entertainment educational programming, as well as PPM-based audio ratings for WIYY-FM and WBAL-AM Baltimore.

Communities To Be Focus Of Hearst TV Initiative

The year-long Project CommUNITY in the group’s 26 markets will spotlight people and efforts across America working to unite communities in order to foster discussions and to explore innovations that help bridge divides.

DMA 47: ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Lori Waldon Promoted To KOAT President-GM

Hearst chooses its regional news director to fill the top management role at its ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M., succeeding Mary Lynn Roper.

Broadcasters Experiment On Facebook Watch

Hearst, Tegna and the ABC Stations are producing shows for Facebook’s new national platform that is looking for original news programs.

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Hearst Names National Investigative Unit EP

Study: Local TV Still Most Trusted News Source

A national study by Smith-Geiger for Hearst Television finds that four out of five younger video consumers rely on local news from a TV station — across broadcast and digital platforms — each week.

DMA 43: BIRMINGHAM, AL

Hank Price To Retire As WVTM President-GM

The head of Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., caps a nearly five-decade broadcasting career, including 18 years with Hearst.

Bon-Ton Stores Files TV Ad Price-Fixing Suit

The defunct retailer has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media and other big owners of local TV stations conspired to jack up the prices of local commercials, violating federal antirust laws.

Hearst Television Launches Hearst Anyscreen

The private marketplace provides advertisers access to connected TV platforms, premium ad inventory and analytics.

DMA 84: PORTLAND-AUBURN, ME

Hearst Closes On WPXT Portland Purchase

The acquisition of the CW affiliate gives the station group a duopoly in Maine’s largest market with its ABC affiliate WMTW.

GatesAir Ships 100th Repack Transmitter To Hearst

GatesAir reached what it called a milestone in its transmitter sales and deliveries for the U.S. spectrum repack with the shipment of its 100th repack transmitter. Hearst Television, one of many U.S. broadcasters exclusively relying on GatesAir for repack sales and services, will take delivery of the high-power Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter for WMOR Tampa, Fla. GatesAir announced an agreement in […]

Hearst TV Licenses Nielsen’s Rhiza Platform

The station group will use Rhiza’s web-based, buyer-level data to accelerate local ad sales.

Hearst TV News VP Candy Altman To Retire

The veteran TV Journalism’s is stepping down after 35 Years at Hearst Television. Altman became Hearst Television’s VP of news in 2001, working with the news departments of the company’s stations around the country and coordinating their political coverage.

 

DMA 48: GREENSBORO, NC

Hearst Completes Purchase Of WCWG

The sale, announced in October 2017, gives Hearst a duopoly in the market. It also owns NBC affiliate WXII and has been operating WCWG under a shared services agreement.

Hearst’s NBC Affils Roll Out New Graphics

Hearst TV Ups Political Coverage Commitment

For the 2018 elections, the station group increases its coverage with more than 50 multiplatform special events, more resources for investigative reporting and fact checking among other steps.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH EMERSON COLEMAN

Hearst Heads To NATPE As Seller And Buyer

Emerson Coleman, Hearst’s SVP of programming, is going to Miami with a surging Matter of Fact to offer. When he puts on his buyer hat, he will be looking for a few shows, including replacements for the slots now occupied by Harry, whose return seems doubtful. In this wide-ranging interview, he also talks about the stagnant first-run syndication business, station groups’ producing their own programming, Hearst’s kids programming subsidiary Litton, multicasting and his continued enthusiasm for NATPE.