Friday, December 05, 2014

KTRK abc13 hires two assistant news directors & more

KTRK abc13 hires new managers with new titles

KTRK abc13 is filling back up its management ranks after a tumultuous few months, but the Disney/ABC Television Group is thinking a bit outside the box with its new troops.

Last summer, this blog was sending out breaking news alerts left and right when news director Dave Strickland resigned, executive producer Jerry Vazquez left for the KTMD news director chair and assistant news director and former reporter Don Kobos retired.

In the last five months, the station took its time re-hiring and also re-thought the job titles.

Digital, digital, digital. That's the buzzword in broadcasting now, and with an eye on the future, KTRK has promoted longtime managing editor Chris Hanson to be the new Assistant News Director of Digital. News director Wendy Granato said in a staff email obtained by mikemcguff.com, Hanson will keep working on the broadcast side, but will mainly oversee the digital operations.

The new Assistant News Director for Broadcast will be Rehan Aslam who recently left Fox owned WFLD Chicago where he served as an executive producer. According to TVSpy, Aslam was originally hired at Fox Chicago as producer of “Good Day Chicago” in 2005. In 2012, he was named EP of the late news. Longtime Houston TV insiders will recognize Aslam's WFLD news director is former KTRK ND Tom Doerr.

The new Nightside Executive Producer is former KTRK producer Rick Bagley. Bagley joins from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas' KFSM where he was news director. Before that he was ND at KDBC El Paso.

I'll play TV prognasticator for a minute. My prediciton is after it was announced ABC News pretty boy (why did my keyboard type that?) anchor David Muir is doing a one-minute Facebook only newscast, KTRK will follow.

And while I'm riffing on the digital future, what will replace the failed Live Well network? The plug is about to be pulled and I haven't seen an announcement on what's coming next.

So speaking of digital, why not put a local 24-hour KTRK news channel on 13.2? That's my vote. Slimmed down TV news staffs across the country are turning out loads of newscasts. I'll pretend I'm from corporate and say why can't they just do a little more? These 24 hour local CNN's might be the future for .2 channels all over! I should be a TV consultant with this stuff. Look at your watch, and I'll tell you what time it is. Now pay me!

If I'm correct on all of these predictions, I'll be linking back to this in a boastful manner, if not, you'll never see this post again!




18 comments:

  1. I often wondered if it would take two able bodied men to replace Don Kobos.

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  2. No Houston TV station has the deep pockets to operate a 24-hour news channel.

    I have a better idea. Put Mike McGuff in front of a camera 24-hours a day. No, make that 23-hours a day, so he can have an hour to sleep.

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    1. Bad idea. I thought the goal was to get ratings. I would do worse than live well.

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  3. LiveWell was a bust for the start-I think they should do a local 24 hr news channel, hooking up with their ABC News counterparts. Cost-saving and synergy promotion-two big buzz phrases at ABC O&Os

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    1. Exactly. Between ABC News, o&o stations, newscast repeats it is feasible.

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    2. I enjoy watching news, sports and weather from other areas. Gives a perspective on the nation compared to Houston. Then I'm kind of a news junkie so what do I know.

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  4. Is it possible that one news organization can be top-heavy? Where are the troops? Do do they answer to? Medium-market stations seem to be able to get by with one assistant ND.. in many DMA's that person might also be the assignment manager. Oh well... Disney's got the money... might as well spend it.

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  5. McGuff, maybe ABC O&O stations should just bring back the Saturday & Sunday night movies after their 10pm newscasts.

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  6. Belo tried the 24 hour news with TXCN.

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  7. The big problem facing local TV stations is not ratings, Its the fact that our younger generation doesn't watch TV at all. They get news and programs from the smart phone using instagram or facebook and others.. It is all about the stream now. Local stations using a tower, will probably start to fade out in 15 years. By that time the bandwidth for a local station will be worth hundreds of millions in a large market like Houston. Then it will be time to move over to cable.

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    1. I don’t think the problem with local news is the younger generation. Sure they have a zillion other ways to get information, but look at CBS Sunday Morning News. It has a large number of young viewers. The reason isn't complex. The stories are compelling and unique. Local stations are uniquely able to advocate for their community and fight for taxpayers against waste and government corruption. I know. That was why Houston News USED to be interesting to watch. If TV stations think getting rid of that unique content and advocacy and instead spend their time tweeting car accidents and using news time to run videos that everyone has seen a hundred times they will continue to become irrelevant. If you don’t have the content, you can put it on a hundred devices and people still wont care. The local station that starts giving a real crap about the state of the neighborhoods, the consumer ripoffs and the back room deals will be the survivor.

      Wayne Dolcefino
      President
      Dolcefino Consulting

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    2. Wayne, I'm confident local stations like Ch. 13 will be the survivor in the long run.

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  8. Big question and whether the new hires will result in destroying the station remain to be seen.

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  9. Wendy Granato is KTRK abc13 news director<<<<<<,EPIC FAILURE. JUST LOOK AT HER TRACK RECORD. WOW. THE QWRONG STUPID PEOPLE IN CHARGE ALWAYS ME SHIT GO DOWN THE DRAIN.

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    1. Are you drunk???

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    2. Let's see how long Wendy Granato will handle the pressure!

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    3. OPPS....Damn IPhone...here ya go.....Wendy Granato is the KTRK abc13 news director<<<<<<,EPIC FAILURE. JUST LOOK AT HER TRACK RECORD. WOW. This is what happens when the WRONG STUPID PEOPLE ARE IN CHARGE. DISNEY MADE A VERY BAD CHOICE.I KNOW PEOPLE WHO KNOW HER PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL.

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  10. You're not a big fan of Wendy based on personal experience!

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