IRTS Foundation Elects Leo MacCourtney Board Chair

The International Radio and Television Society Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to building the next generation of media leaders and increasing diversity, today announced Leo MacCourtney has been elected chairman. MacCourtney is president of television advertising sales organization Katz Television Group. MacCourtney has served for more than 25 years as an active IRTS board member […]

BFA Unveils 2020 Leadership Awards Recipients

The annual career-recognition honors will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast on Wednesday, April 22, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Leo MacCourtney Named Chairman Of TVB

The president of Katz Television Group is chosen to succeed Perry Sook as the trade association’s chairman through 2020.

Journal Shifts Rep Biz From Petry To Katz

That’s according to a Katz memo to its staff. Eight stations in six markets, including Milwaukee and Las Vegas, are involved in the move. Journal’s WTVF Nashville is already a Katz client. All the station will be attached to Katz’s Eagle unit.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Falling National Spot Puts The Hurt On Katz

Double-digit declines in national spot since 2007, coupled with station consolidation, are the new reality for independent rep firms. Clear Channel-owned Katz Television Group recently whacked two top execs, Jim Beloyianis and Michael Spiesman; laid off about 10 other employees and closed offices in Tampa, Miami, St. Louis, Denver and Seattle. Those are cost-saving actions that Co-President Leo MacCourtney says will have a big impact as it moves to find new spot advertisers and get more orders from existing ones. It would be encouraging to know that the reps are working shoulder-to-shoulder with TVB in convincing advertisers and their agencies that spot is their best and most efficient buy.

Bisceglia, Jordon, Altman To Head Katz Units

The rep firm announced new executive positions today. Dave Bisceglia will be EVP of Eagle Television Sales. Chris Jordon will be EVP of Continental Television Sales. Artie Altman will be EVP of Millennium Sales and Marketing.

Katz, Cox Reps, Strata Adopt TVB’s ePort

The two leading rep firms along with the broadcast software developer will provide the financial support to maintain and further develop the system for buying and selling spot TV.