Veteran media industry executive Byron Grandy moves from WNCN Raleigh, N.C., to lead KDVR, KWGN and their related websites and mobile applications.
These days, staying competitive means more than just refreshing the faces reading the news. That has forced not only television stations but all news media to experiment with digital formats and other types of engagement as viewers — particularly younger ones — melt away from traditional delivery methods and turn toward mobile and online consumption.
Tribune brings in the former president of Sunflower Broadcasting to lead the Fox-CW operations in Colorado.
Peter Maroney, a veteran general manager who guided Tribune’s Denver Fox affiliate KDVR and CW affil KWGN to stability after a particularly rough period, will retire effective June 26. “I have decided to do some other things in my life,” Maroney said.
He will leave Tribune’s Fox-CW duopoly in Denver when his contract expires next week after three years as news director.
A certain corner of Denver TV is seeing sudden turnover. Why are they fleeing Fox O&O KDVR and co-owned CW affil KWGN? Either it’s a terrific springboard to bigger things or there’s some malfunction at the sister stations.
Affected are WPIX New York; WPHL Philadelphia; KWGN Denver; and WCCT Hartford, Conn. The cable operator accuses Tribune of demanding fees that are too high because of its parent company’s financial woes, but Tribune says it’s asking for “less than a penny a day per subscriber.”
Local TV’s Fox affiliate has increased its morning audience significantly and is poised for “rebranding” (new slogan, set, music, graphics) Jan. 1. Now, it’s very much in the race to be No. 2 in Denver TV.
Ed Kosowski, currently executive producer at CNBC.com, has been named VP of news and digital content at Tribune’s Denver duopoly KDVR (Fox) and KWGN (CW).