July 19, 2001 |
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.
March 21, 1986 |
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.
December 28, 2007 |
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.
January 6, 2014 |
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.
January 8, 1986 |
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.
April 29, 1986 |
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.
December 11, 2002 |
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.
August 24, 1994 |
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)
August 8, 2003 |
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.