New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for an investigative reporter in Orlando, Fla. (DMA 18), at Graham Media’s CBS affiliate, WKMG.
What if TV stations used some of their advertising airtime for messages that address social issues like injustice, racism and discrimination? “We can be a force for good,” says Emily Barr, president of Graham Media Group.
Allison McGinley: “This April I celebrate 25 years at WKMG-TV in Orlando. I traveled a rare path in television news from intern to news director at the same television station. As my anniversary approaches, I have found myself reminiscing, and also contemplating the key elements that carried me to where I am today.”
David Pingalore, the zany sports director known as “Ping,” is leaving the Graham-owned CBS affiliate after 10 years, the CBS affiliate announced Thursday night. “His contract is up,” WKMG News Director Allison McGinley said. “His final newscast will be at 6 p.m. Friday.”
Jeff Hoffman became president-GM of Graham Media’s WKMG Orlando in July. The CBS affiliate has made ratings strides with a “Getting Results” approach to TV news. In the February ratings period, WKMG won outright at 11 p.m. in total viewers as well as the 25-to-54 age group most important to news advertisers. Hoffman talks about the successes.
With the ‘Getting Results’ approach of GM Jeff Hoffman, Graham Media’s Orlando CBS affiliate says it built on what it was doing best and now has a unified identity.
Allison McGinley, who has worked at the Graham Media CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla., for 21 years, has been named news director. She had been acting news director since Steve Hyvonen resigned July 21.
A message went out to the staff at Graham Media-owned WKMG this morning, saying that News Director Steve Hyvonen had “resigned.” Hyvonen had been at the Orlando, Fla., CBS affiliate since 2008.
The Graham Media-owned stations have issued press releases saying they are scheduled to be pulled from the satellite service on July 22 unless a carriage deal can be reached.
The former GM of WTKR-WGNT Norfolk, Va., will take over leadership of Graham Media Group’s CBS affiliate beginning June 29. He succeeds Skip Valet, who announced earlier this month that he was leaving.
The head of Graham Media’s CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla., called a brief staff meeting to tell them he was leaving the station.