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Monday, November 05, 2012

Houston TV manager shake up at multiple stations

Lots happening in the Houston TV news management ranks lately.

First, KPRC 2 assistant creative services director John Sweeney has left the Post-Newsweek Houston station for KMOV in St. Louis.

"I feel privileged to be a small part of the turnaround at KPRC, a station still on the upswing," Sweeney told "Houston has turned into a true top 10 market during my time here."

Sweeney came to Houston from managing the creative services department at WVIT in Connecticut. Before that he worked at the Fox News Channel since the network's sign on. Sweeney was the executive producer of the channel's ad and promo department. He also served as a segment producer for weekend programming. Covering 9/11 at the network will always be a defining moment of his career. He is a graduate of Fordham University.

"Local 2 continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the marketplace as evidenced by our always growing viewership and presence across all social platforms," Sweeney added. "I give thanks to my team and to [KPRC Vice President/Creative Services Director] Mike Guerrieri for putting me in a position to welcome this new challenge at KMOV. I know the same success will follow me to the St. Louis media landscape."

Sweeney's wife, Ginny, also works for KPRC as a special projects producer/editor. She's actually just returning to work after maternity leave for 2-month-old John Francis Sweeney V. Congrats to the Sweeney's for the new addition and gig.


Fox 26 KRIV is losing its news operations manager to retirement. Alice Web has been at the Fox owned and operated station for 23 years. She has also worked as a photographer at KUHT 8 and KHOU 11 according to her LinkedIn profile. Her big send off was last week.


Since we are talking technical, I just found out that former KTRK 13 Vice President and Director of Engineering/Manager Broadcast Technology Chuck Primrose is now the Chief Broadcast Engineer for 12th Man Productions in the Texas A&M Athletic Department.

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And while not TV news, last week the Houston Press tweeted that managing editor Cathy Matusow is leaving the alt weekly after 10 years. The tweet ends with, "the hole she will leave is immeasurable." (Thanks to PR Fairy @farbulous)

As I've said before, I'm not clairvoyant. Please let me know of any other personnel changes hitting the Houston media scene.

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