The former Univision executive takes over the station group’s Iowa ABC-CW duopoly of WOI-KCWI on March 2.
The station group chooses Native Iowan Mary Ann Johnson to Lead its ABC-CW duo of WOI and KCWI.
Nexstar is adding the CW affiliate in Des Moines-Ames, Iowa, to its growing portfolio, buying it from Pappas Telecasting.
Among stories of interest to the local journalism community are the ratings gains in Washington, D.C., during the government shutdown; the decline in local news viewing overall; a new morning show at previously newsless KCWI Des Moines, Iowa; a new company called ProPixTV that is selling feature stories to stations; and a tip of the old rabbit ears to KARE Minneapolis’ Brad Huppert who just won his ninth and 10th Edward R. Murrow Awards.
The group owners’ stations in three markets are now using Rentrak’s census-based local TV measurement currency.