Sales veteran Ramon Pineda moves from Univision to lead KRIS and KDF in Texas.
Alexander joins the Corpus Christi, Texas, NBC affiliate from KVEO, the NBC affiliate in Brownsville, Texas. KRIS has been without a permanent news director since Sandra Richards was let go last year.
Cordillera Communications taps the former GM of Nexstar’s Lubbock, Texas, duopoly to head up its multiple operations in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Sources say Richards was let go after a visit by Cordillera Communications executives who blamed poor ratings for her dismissal. Hollis Grizzard will be the Corpus Christi, Texas, NBC affiliate’s interim news director. Grizzard is currently a senior strategist for Audience Research & Development in Fort Worth, Texas.
Time Warner Cable says it has handed out more 21,000 TV antennas to subscribers of its Corpus, Christi, Texas, system who have not been able to access the feed for NBC affiliate KRIS and three other stations as a result of a retransmission-consent dispute with Cordillera Communications.
This Sunday’s Super Bowl on Cordillera Communications-owned KRIS Corpus Christi, Texas, will be not be available to the market’s customers of Time Warner Cable, the station’s website says: “As we have been anticipating for the last month, Super Bowl XLVI between the Patriots and the Giants won’t be seen by Time Warner subscribers on Time Warner Cable Television. We are now at 23 days since we sent our last counter offer to Time Warner,” said Tim Noble, president-GM of KRIS. “Time Warner refuses to send a counter proposal.”
The Cordillera Communications-owned NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, has asked the FCC to find that Time Warner Cable has negotiated in bad faith with it in its attempts to reach a new carriage agreement.
An impasse between Time Warner Cable and Cordillera Communications’ KRIS over retransmission consent threatens to leave 80,000 cable customers without four signals — KRIS (NBC and CW), KAJA (Telemundo) and KDF, a low-power independent — if a deal isn’t reached by 11:59 p.m. Monday.
Its NBC and CBS affiliates, KRIS and KZTV, respectively, are now broadcasting local news in high def from renovated and upgraded studios.