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July 19, 2001 | By Gail Shister INQUIRER TELEVISION COLUMNIST
Scott Matthews of Boston's WFXT was named news director at Philly's WTXF (Channel 29) yesterday. He begins Aug. 6. Matthews, 32, joined 'FXT - like 'TXF, a Fox-owned station - in April 1999. Before that, he was at Fox outlets WNYW in New York, as executive producer for investigations and special projects, and WTTG in Washington, as assistant news chief. He replaces John Mussoni, who was let go in late June. Matthews is a fourth-generation media hound. His great-grandfather was editor of the Reading Eagle.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1986 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Jay Newman, the former Channel 10 news director who left the station in August to become news director at WBBM-TV, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Chicago, is returning to his old job here at 10, also a CBS owned-and- operated outlet. Newman left Chicago for Philadelphia yesterday, and is expected to take the reins from current news director Mike Beardsley next week. Beardsley served as executive producer under Newman, and was promoted to news director after Newman left.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2007 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fox29 has hired its third news director in a year. Kingsley Smith, last at Fox's KTVI in St. Louis, was named yesterday to run the station's news department, ranked fourth among the town's four stations that present original news. Smith, who was in St. Louis a year and a half after a long turn at the Fox station in Dallas, follows Phil Metlin, who started in May and left this month to run news at the Fox station in Washington. Metlin replaced Holly Gauntt, who left suddenly in January after 2 1/2 years.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gregory D. Reid, 61, a news director at NBC10, the Philadelphia TV station, for the last 32 years, died of cancer at his home in Willingboro on Saturday, Dec. 21. At various times, he directed "the 4 o'clock, the 6 o'clock, and the morning show," as well as the 11 p.m. show, his wife, Treena, said. He also directed Sports Final , a recap of the day's sports results, she said. Born in Washington, Mr. Reid graduated from what is now McKinley Technology Education Campus there and earned a bachelor's in communications at what is now Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La. In 1970, he won his first award, an American Film Institute honor, for Tech: A Day in the Life , about McKinley, where he was a student leader, his wife said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1986 | By Gail Shister, Inquirer Staff Writer (David Walstad contributed to this report.)
Channel 6's Alan Nesbitt, the dean of Philadelphia's TV news directors, yesterday resigned from his post, effective immediately. No interim news director was named. Nesbitt, 44, a Toronto native who left Buffalo's WKBW-TV to join Channel 6 in May 1976, will stay with Capital Cities Communications, which owns WPVI-TV. His immediate assignment is to supervise the expansion of the station's news department. "I've been talking with the company about my moving on to something else for about a year," Nesbitt said yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 1986 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer (Francis Davis, Frank Swertlow and USA Today contributed to this report.)
It has been five weeks since Jay Newman returned from Chicago to take over the helm again as news director at Channel 10. And if there is one thing he knows about the pursuit of red-hot ratings-leader Channel 6, it's this: There ain't no "quick fix. " "It takes a long, long time to break viewer habits," Newman, who was Channel 10's news chief from October 1983 until last summer, said yesterday. So, instead of thrashing about by dumping anchors or changing teams or buying a new set or spicing up the format, Newman said, he is simply going to try to have his troops produce good, solid television journalism - and hope the public notices.
NEWS
December 11, 2002 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WHYY-FM news director Bill Fantini, under fire over ethical questions involving a now-scuttled funding arrangement between the station and the state, resigned late Monday. Fantini, 55, spearheaded a project that used state money to help underwrite the public station's environmental reporting for a year. He ran the 15-member news staff of the city's largest public station for four years. WHYY yesterday named Elisabeth Perez-Luna interim news director. Fantini, contacted at home yesterday, said he had left a "dream job, and I enjoyed every minute of it. . . . But when you throw the turmoil on top of it, it got very intense.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1994 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER TV COLUMNIST
KYW (Channel 3) and WCAU (Channel 10) led the way, with 31 each, in nominations announced yesterday for the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. All told, 215 individuals were nominated in 47 categories for the competition, sponsored by the Philadelphia regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Nominees represent 22 stations, 2 cable programmers, 2 production houses and 6 independent producers. WTXF (Channel 29) had 26 nominations, followed by New Jersey Network and WHYY (Channel 12)
NEWS
August 8, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The regional Emmy nominations for news programming were announced last night, with the usual lopsided results. Comcast's cable outlets, CN8 and SportsNet, dominated the proceedings with 70 nods. And many of the area's most established and respected news figures - such as WPVI anchor Jim Gardner, whose station does not participate in the awards - went unrecognized. Among local outlets, Comcast SportsNet captured 36 nominations and CN8 got 34. Following were the broadcast stations: Fox's WTXF, 26; CBS's KYW, 21; NBC's WCAU, 19; WB's WPHL, 12; PBS's WHYY, 3, and UPN's WPSG, 3. In terms of the most visible on-air talent - anchors - the most nominations went to Larry Mendte, who received four for his work at WCAU.
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July 26, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson recalls his friend Michael R. Schurman as "the go-to guy in county government. " "When you wanted to get something done, and done right, you went to Michael," he said. After a career as a newspaper, radio, and TV reporter, Mr. Schurman was Atlantic County highway safety director from 1990 to 2011. "He was an extraordinary man," Levinson said. On Sunday, July 20, Mr. Schurman, 71, of Northfield, N.J., died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gregory D. Reid, 61, a news director at NBC10, the Philadelphia TV station, for the last 32 years, died of cancer at his home in Willingboro on Saturday, Dec. 21. At various times, he directed "the 4 o'clock, the 6 o'clock, and the morning show," as well as the 11 p.m. show, his wife, Treena, said. He also directed Sports Final , a recap of the day's sports results, she said. Born in Washington, Mr. Reid graduated from what is now McKinley Technology Education Campus there and earned a bachelor's in communications at what is now Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La. In 1970, he won his first award, an American Film Institute honor, for Tech: A Day in the Life , about McKinley, where he was a student leader, his wife said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Dan Gross
"P ETE ROSE : Hits and Mrs. " will premiere Jan. 14 on TLC. The reality show about the Phillies legend and his former Playboy model fiancee, Kiana Kim , began shooting earlier this year. A TLC announcement says that the couple are happily engaged but that their families each have reservations about the upcoming nuptials. Complicating things is that Rose and Kim live in different cities - she in Los Angeles with her two children and Charlie Hustle in Las Vegas.   A 'Soul Train' record It's official.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2012
  The Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, a Jenkintown business-advocacy organization, named Sang Kim and Michael Morsch to its board. Kim is senior vice president at Wells Fargo Bank in Plymouth Meeting. Morsch is executive editor of Montgomery Media in Fort Washington.     The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association, a professional association for marketers, educators and students in the Delaware Valley, named the following officers and members to its board for the 2012-13 year:   Matthew Roberts, president of MJRC Inc., is president.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By John F. Morrison and Daily News Staff Writer
There's an old story about the newspaper copyboy who was alone in a newsroom when a big disaster struck. He grabbed a notebook, ran to the scene and did such a good job covering it that he was promoted to reporter and his career began. Something similar happened to David Gomberg. He was working as an ad salesman for radio station WCAM in Camden in the mid-60s when he got a call from a Jersey Teamsters Union official that Jimmy Hoffa, then the national Teamsters president, and controversial as always, was in town and none of the news outlets planned to cover him. Dave borrowed a tape recorder, the old reel-to-reel kind, and rushed off to find Hoffa.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
New Jersey's dean of statehouse reporters is returning to TV. Michael Aron, who served as news director at New Jersey Network before it was turned over July 1 to WNET-TV in New York, has been named chief political correspondent for the new station, NJTV. Two long-running public-affairs television series he hosted on NJN, On the Record and Reporters Roundtable , also will return, WNET said. At the same time, Aron will contribute statehouse coverage to the NJTV-produced nightly broadcast NJ Today when it premieres in the fall.
NEWS
July 19, 2011
"He was a tireless worker, self-motivated," Frank remembered yesterday. He also remembered his father as a "fearless man who didn't back down from anyone. " He shared a story about his father putting one of the Washington Redskins in the hospital after being called an Italian slur in the 1950s. Frank wasn't sure of the player's name but swears it is a true story. "He leaped across the table and laid this guy out," Frank said. He said his dad was proud of his and Sly's accomplishments, though his father recently teased Frank about getting a real job. Frank said that he and Sly visited their dad on June 12 at his Florida home and that Frank Sr. said it was the happiest day of his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lady Gaga 's decision to give two surprise free gigs at gay clubs in Sydney Monday night plunged the Australian city into such a chaotic frenzy that cops are begging the public to stay away when Her Gagaship plays a private, invite-only show Wednesday. Gaga, authorities say, won't do any more surprise shows. Yeah, right! The Gaga loves her peeps. Steve Schwaid's coming home Steve Schwaid , who served as news director for NBC10 (WCAU-TV) in Philly from 1998 to 2001 before leaving for foreign shores (New York, St. Petersburg, Fla., West Hartford, Conn.)
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