The TV executive with more than 22 years of experience will lead the Evansville, Ind., ABC affiliate and also oversee CW affil WTVW under an outsourcing agreement.
Nexstar Broadcasting’s WEHT (ABC) and WTVW (CW) in Evansville, Ind., is searching for a vice president–general manager. Independent KUSI in San Diego needs a national-regional sales manager. Grey Television’s CBS/Fox/CW affiliates in Twin Falls, Idaho, seek a new general manager. To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here.
The Mission Broadcasting-owned indie will add CW programming on Jan. 31. The network’s previous home in the Indiana market, low-power WAZE, went dark earlier this month.
The former GM of Four Points stations in West Palm Beach is succeeding the retiring Mike Smith as head of WEHT and WTVW.
The upcoming consolidation of Evansville, Ind., ABC affiliate WEHT and now independent WTVW will include job losses. Multiple sources have confirmed that all of WEHT’s department heads were told last week that their positions will be terminated when Nexstar Broadcasting takes over ownership of the station from Gilmore Broadcasting Corp., which has owned WEHT since 1964.
Nexstar Broadcasting is planning to move operations of its Evansville, Ind., Fox affil WTVW into the building housing ABC affiliate WEHT, which Nexstar is buying from Gilmore Broadcasting, according to reliable sources close to the situation. It also appears that WEHT’s personnel will have to re-apply for their current positions. Layoffs are said to be likely, although it is unclear at this point how many positions will be consolidated.
Nexstar is paying $18.5 million for Gilmore’s ABC affiliate WEHT and is selling its one-time Fox affiliate WTVW to Mission Broadcasting for $6.7 million while continuing to operate it under a local services agreement. WTVW lost its Fox affiliation because of Nexstar’s running battle with the network over reverse compensation.
Nexstar’s former Evansville, Ind., Fox affiliate remakes itself with a lineup of more news, local lifestyle, community and sports programming.
The Evansville, Ind., television market is sailing into nearly uncharted waters with the upcoming transfer of Fox television programming to a rival station. Insight Communications CEO Michael Willner wants you to know one thing: It’s not the cable TV company’s fault.