Networks and Stations
>St. Louis KTVI has promoted Jay Gill to director of engineering. He will direct
the overall operations of the stations engineering and operations department, including scheduling and recruitment of technical personnel, equipment maintenance, and new systems installations.
>Wendy Borow-Johnson has been named senior vice president of Turner Group, Inc.s network group, iTV Networks. She will help develop and expand iTV Networks family of cable channels, which are highly targeted and transaction-based.
>The Metropolitan Television Alliance (MTVA), a coalition of New York City area broadcast TV stations working to build a new TV tower to replace the one destroyed atop the World Trade Center, has elected Thomas Kane, president and general manager of WABC-TV 7, as chairman. A U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, Kane began his television career as an account executive at WABC-TV 7 in 1975.
>Sundance Digital has made several key executive announcements. Kurt Caruthers has joined as director of sales, central region. He will help support a growing customer base, generate new business, and analyze, develop, and implement revenue-generating action plans for the company. Rick Stora has been appointed director of broadcast operations. He is responsible for developing and writing customized software that will allow Sundance Digitals automation systems to interface with traffic software applications. Additionally, Juan Punyed has been appointed director of sales for Latin America.
>Omneon has promoted co-founder Larry Kaplan to executive chairman of the board of directors. Kaplan will take on a more external focus, primarily in developing strategic relationships with partners and customers in the broadcast market. Joe Kennedy will serve as the companys new president and chief executive officer.
>Renowned journalist David Brinkley died June 11, at the age of 83. He rose to fame as the co-anchor (with Chet Huntley) of NBCs The Huntley-Brinkley Report, which pioneered the concept of two anchors on the same newscast. After 14 years at The Huntley-Brinkley Report, he moved to ABC as the host of This Week with David Brinkley. He retired in 1997. He was the author of David Brinkley: 11 Presidents, 4 Wars, 22 Political Conventions, 1 Moon Landing, 3 Assassinations, 2,000 Weeks of News and Other Stuff on Television.
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