Nexstar moves the veteran broadcasting executive and GM of its Waco, Texas, stations with 25 years of management, sales, and marketing experience to lead its CW affiliate in Houston.
After leaving Houston for Dallas in 2013, Steve Simon has returned to H-Town to be news director at Tribune’s CW affiliate KIAH.
Morning Dose on KIAH Houston, News Fix on KDAF Dallas and the late newscast at WDCW Washington are all ending within the next two weeks. The staff associated with those shows has been let go.
Roger Bare, longtime vice president and general manager of Tribune’s CW affiliate KIAH Houston, is stepping down from his job after 12 years but looking to stay in Houston.
Taking a new look at three stations that adopted new approaches to their local newscasts over a year ago finds that “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t always sit well with viewers. KOMU Columbia, Mo.’s Executive News Director Stacey Woelfel says he still believes that social media can still play a positive role in newsgathering, but that viewers don’t want their use to be so overt. “The tool got in the way of content that was perfectly fine.”
Tribune’s Houston CW affiliate plans to launch a morning show Monday that will serve as a bookend to the unconventional newsreel-style 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts it introduced in March. Described as a provocative and unpredictable information and entertainment show, Eye Opener will combine local news, traffic and weather reports from Houston-based Mia Gradney with other content originating from Tribune’s Chicago headquarters.
NewsFix, Tribune’s revamped newscast screams an attitude of revolution. The CW affiliate’s new approach offers variety while sacrificing immediacy.
NewsFix will debut on Tribune’s Houston CW affiliate this Saturday at 5 and 9 p.m.