Thursday, June 09, 2005
Sacto: News Directors Axed
Although it happened quietly late last week, we're just today learning that longtime KXTV-10 News Director Ron Comings was sacked by station GM Russell Postell. Insiders say Postell and other members of the Gannett brass were displeased with the station's inability to close the gap on market leader KCRA-3, in spite of huge and expensive promotional campaigns.
Down the highway in West Sacramento, and in a move not totally unexpected, Jim Lemon was terminated as news boss at third-place KOVR-13 on Wednesday. Management changes were expected at the now-Viacom owned station under duopoly GM Bruno Cohen. Viacom also owns KMAX-31, the market's UPN station, and the two newsrooms have begun sharing talent and news video on a regular basis.