Wednesday, October 05, 2011

KPRC 2 news management changes

A memo sent to KPRC 2 staffers at the beginning of the week details some management changes in the station's news department.

First, assistant news director Rick McFarland is now the senior executive producer in charge of the areas like special assignments, the investigative unit, scheduling and sports.

 A spokesperson for KPRC tells mikemcguff.com, "this a great thing for him and the station." In addition he added that McFarland is a big asset to the team, he is well respected and needed in that kind of role.

In January I blogged that McFarland was stepping down from his role as the station's news director. The assistant ND position is the job McFarland held for 10 years until he was upped to news director in 2009. According to his online bio, McFarland started at KPRC in June 1980 in the sports department and has moved up through the years.

Also mentioned in the memo, KPRC News Content Director, Geoff Dankert, who started with the station at the beginning of the summer has resigned. Dankert came to Houston from Chicago where he worked as the assistant news director at Fox owned and operated station WFLD 32. The Chicago Tribune previously reported Dankert was with that station for 12 years.

RELATED
- KPRC 2 gets new news director Deborah Collura, plus her other duties
- KPRC 2 news director Rick McFarland steps down to assistant news director
- KPRC 2's assistant ND Kathy Williams leaving the station
- What happened to Radar The Weather Dog from KPRC 2?

24 comments:

  1. Rick is a good guy. But he needs to make his presence in the newsroom known a bit more and put his foot down.

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  2. What is a News Content Director?

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  3. My guess is that a News Content Director position exists at KPRC because the news director, Deborah Collura, is also in charge of the other Post Newsweek stations. So when she is busy with that aspect of her job, I figure the News Content Director is focusing on the day to day stuff at KPRC.

    READ MORE: http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2011/03/deborah-collura-takes-charge-of-kprc-2.html

    Usually when I post about KPRC, the comments section explodes. What's happened here?

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  4. Rick is a tremendous asset to the station - he knows more about the community than anyone else in the newsroom or in management. Not a single department at KPRC is headed by a Houstonian. KPRC is lucky to have kept him.

    The biggest issue at KPRC is the ego-maniacal jerk of a 'Creative Services Director' without a vision or decent bone in his body who spends more time flaunting his fancy title than actually trying to make the station better. His talent is tricking the bosses into thinking he's decent at his job and taking credit for other people's hard work. But if he messes up, he's still 'new to the station' and couldn't possibly be blamed. His personality is worse - after over a year at KPRC he still has no friends. He should get a clue and treat people decently - even those without a VP title. And his horrible wife - nepotism always trumps talent at KPRC.

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  5. @Mike. I'm surprised too -- not a lot of comments! I thought it would spread like the plague.

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  6. Comments explode when you highlight unqualified anchors, people like to gripe. Don't expect a lot of comments about qualified Mgmt changes.

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  7. I'm sorry you feel that way @7:27. My goal is to make the station better, so now is your chance to be a part of the problem or part of the solution. Let's chat. We can go off sight to protect your identity. No malice. No hard feelings. Next week you can have open forum and as much time as you want. Tell me your vision. Teach me how to make friends and be a better human being like you are. Posting stuff like this anonymously on a blog is something a only a coward does. I have more faith in you than that. So which route will you choose? If it's the solution route, I look forward to speaking with you in the coming week. If not, you had your chance and forfeit your right to whine as far as I'm concerned. Mike -CSD

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  8. Fine, I'd appreciate that! You say the time and I'll meet you at the Saltgrass as long as there are no hard feeling I'll lay my cards on the table.

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  9. Excellent! You sure you want to name a time and place on this forum? Let's face it, this is proving to be some compelling content and some curious minds might coincidentally schedule a meal there at the same time. I don't mind if you don't though, so I'll throw out 7p Tuesday. Find a less public way to change it if you prefer. Thanks, Mike

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  10. The station is simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. A few weeks ago, a former employee said current news management is like chickens with no heads. They are correct. But these chickens don't even know Houston. That's why Rick gets to stick around. Sorry. The station deserves the horrible reputation it has in the community in general, and the African American community in particular. The place is a cancer. Back biting, favoritism, superficial content. The CSD can make as many pretty promos as he wants---and tout ratings. But Houston does not like Channel 2. And as for the anonymous employees meeting the CSD, DON'T DO IT.
    You will eventually lose your job.

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  11. The only reason why KPRC gets a lot of posts: The station has a lot of hot women in it, and this blog is filled with jealous women.

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  12. @9:45 Correct! I sat in the control room during breaking news once and management scratched their heads figuring out what to do. KPRC has a reputation of bad management. I admit, there are some nice people there, but it's a place where I hated working there.

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  13. This is another reason why KPRC has gone downhill since Ron Stone retired in 1992, and even though they tried to "diversify" their afternoon newscasts with Khambrel Marshall and Linsa Lorelle, both got demoted and Linda has left the news business altogether while Khambreal is now doing the weather.

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  14. Demoting Khambrel Marshall was the biggest mistake. He is a class act.

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  15. @5:51 you are correct. He is indeed a class act. Those of us who work side by side with him here in the newsroom have marveled ( and honestly sometimes cringed ) at the way he has been treated over the past few years. One minute he has a manager title ( when we are in trouble with the AA community ) the next ( when things die down ) title gone or meaningless.

    Quite frankly many of us here are surprised noone has taken the station to task or challenged its license. We have been publicly beat up by so called "leaders" for a lot less and honestly non issues.

    Khambrel, Linda, Jerome. Not that the management has ever won any humanitarian prizes for treatment of employees lately, but the patterns with African American anchors and managers of color is disturbing ( and no, I am not a person of color or anyone jealous of the "hot" women---just an observant guy )

    We had two producer types to "bring diversity". Both hgave walked away from this place. One, A.A. in total frustration for how she was being treated--on shift, during severe weather coverage with no job lined up.

    Someone should be talking to these former employees ( current ones here scared to talk ) and then pass on the notes for license renewal time !

    Ain't been right since Ron Stone was here. Jerome was many of our last straw. I am hoping early retirement will save me.

    It is exhausting smiling in the faces of the incompetent leadership day after day.

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  16. @mike mcguff - are you going to saltgrass tonight and reporting back to the rest of us? Inquiring minds want to know if anyone shows up...

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  17. That would be funny if I did.

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  18. What happened at Salt Grass? Did anyone show up?

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  19. Just me @7:53. My faith was misguided. It seems @7:27 is just a garden variety cyber-bully, who did what most bullies do… back down as soon as someone stands up to them. Hopefully this whole spectacle wasn’t for nothing though, so to anyone at KPRC reading this who’s unhappy with their situation and has practical ideas to improve the station, my door always remains open. Just because you point out some things that need fixing, doesn’t mean you will lose your job. The people who prefer to post personal attacks on blogs or kibitz about it in a corner likely will in time. We owe that to the rest of the team(the majority), who come to work every day to put on a good product and provide for their families. They're tired of the people who call this place a cancer and point everywhere but in the mirror. I know this because a number have told me in the past week.
    So on that note, I will bow out of this post. Thanks, Mike - CSD

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  20. Local news in general is dying. KPRC is just an example of greedy companies cutting down to bare bones staff. They also love to hand out b.s. titles, there are more "managers" at kprc than employees....yet none of them ever want to make a decision or take responsibility for anything. As for the csd, hes irrelevant. He has his "vp" title for the company, but really he only manages about 5 people. He also seemed very childish and unprofessional by even responding to the posts in this blog.

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  21. I heard the CSD looks like Freddy Mercury.

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