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.

Journal Broadcast Group is switching national sales reps — from Petry Television to Katz Television’s Eagle Television Sales — effective Dec. 2, according to a Katz memo to its staff.

Making the move are eight stations in six markets: KIVI-KNIN Boise, Idaho; KSAW Twin Falls, Idaho; WGBA-WACY Green Bay, Wis.; WSYM Lansing, Mich.; KTNV Las Vegas and WTMJ Milwaukee.

Journal’s Nashville, Tenn., station, WTVF, which it purchased last year from Landmark Media for $215 million, is already represented by Eagle.

“Journal Broadcast Group is one of America’s finest-run broadcast companies, with a focus on being the dominant station in each of their markets, as well as a real focus on news and community,” Katz Television CEO Leo MacCourtney says in the memo. “In addition, Journal has a big commitment to sports, with offerings including the 620 WTMJ Packers Radio Network in Wisconsin.”

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kendra campbell says:

November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Very sad to see a once great rep die a slow death from 15 years of gross mismanagement.

Roger Lyons says:

November 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

The client list at Petry’s website has not been updated in over a year. I see stations that have dropped them for Cox or Katz still on their list.

That leaves LIN and Hubbard as their primary clients, and I don’t believe the former New Vision stations were moved to Petry. The New Age stations purchased by Sinclair will definitely go to Katz.

alicia farmer says:

November 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Petry was once a powerhouse. Tom Burchill and Tim McAuliff drove the first stake through its heart. Earl Jones drove the second stake. Doug Fierro has finished the job. Good work men!

Jay Miller says:

November 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

McCauliff was a politician.. He would tell you whatever you wanted to hear..I agree. They set the precedent for failure through not understanding where the TV/advertising business was going..How in this day and age the national sellers cannot sell digital is beyond explanation..