After the Labor Day weekend, Tegna-owned NBC affiliate KSDK St. Louis will have a new “director of content” — known in days gone by as “news director.” Carol Fowler, most recently of the Chicago Sun-Times, will take over Tuesday and be in charge of the broadcast and digital newsroom operations.
Morgan Murphy Media taps her to head news operations at its ABC affiliate in Victoria, Texas.
Jeff Zeller, news director for Fox-owned WOFL Orlando, Fla., has quit. Zeller’s departure follows that of Allyson Meyers, who last month announced her resignation as general manager. She was replaced by Mike McClain.
Tegna’s Dallas ABC affiliate promotes from within to fill the vacancy left when Carolyn Mungo became station manager.
On June 24, Steve Goodspeed — one of Duluth, Minn.’s most senior journalists — was told by the station manager at Hubbard Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate that it was his last day. He was WDIO’s news director for the past 27 years.
The former news director of Telemundo’s KVDA San Antonio, Tex., will oversee news operations at the company’s Sacramento and Fresno stations beginning July 22.
Telemundo promotes the assistant news director of its KTAZ Phoenix to oversee news operations at its Salt Lake City station.
It can be a tough time to be in news – or a great time, depending on how you look at it. Press freedom is increasingly under attack, government is less transparent and large sectors of the news media industry are suffering financially. But local radio and television news directors are optimistic about the future of local broadcast news – not because they’re facing no obstacles, but because they’re seeing them as opportunities.
Cox Media Group-owned WPXI Pittsburgh News Director Suzanne Nadell is leaving next month to take a similar position at Cox’s WSB-TV in Atlanta. Her replacement in Pittsburgh will be in-house: Managing Editor Scott Trabandt.
The veteran television journalist joins Tegna’s Seattle duopoly to lead the news team.