Thursday, March 30, 2006

Turnover at WBRE

Two new jobs were posted to WBRE's website yesterday. And it looks like there's some turnover in the ranks.

First off, WBRE is looking for a new consumer reporter. Either consumer reporter Elliot Weiler is jumping to another station, or he's been promoted to anchor. My gut tells me it's the first choice. It's a shame for WBRE, as Weiler was much better at the job than his two predecessors. I'd even go so far to say he's better than WNEP's consumer reporter, Sherman Burdette

And it looks like interim news director Ron Krisulevicz (seen left on a talk radio show during his time at WHAG in Maryland) can take the "interim" off his job title. The job posting for executive producer looks for someone "to serve as second-in-command." And when we put two and two together, it's clear that Krisulevicz, who was second in command until Paul Stueber was fired, will be WBRE's next news director.

These job postings don't necessarily mean earth-shattering doom for WBRE or WYOU. Turnover is common at any station. But who knows what this will do for morale at a duopoly that lost both of its news directors in the span of a month?

UPDATE: A blog reader notes that WBRE weekend weather forecaster Brian Monahan is leaving as well.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you didn't post, is that WBRE is looking for a part-time meteorologist (Brian Monahan is leaving) and they have an opening for an account person. Hmmm, four job openings in one week.

I will admit, it is a shame that Elliot is leaving. He is a great consumer reporter. I actually think he is better anchoring than being the consumer reporter. Wonder where he is going?

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot is a very nice guy, but he's another low impact WBRE employee. They promoted this guy til the cows came home and no one watched or cared. Elliot, I hope St. Louis treats you better than Wilkes-Barre.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if Elliot Weiler is better than Sherman Burdette at WNEP, but it doesn't take much to beat the face of Action 16.

Burdette has a lot of personality and is entertaining, but he's never shown that he's a roll in the dirt and dig it up kind of reporter.

If it's not a taste test or product test, his stories seem to consist of tips, tips and more tips.

As for Ron possibly taking the news director job at WBRE, I wish him a lot of luck. President Johnson said something like "I shall not seek and will not accept..." That's what I would say to WBRE.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who Cares..who really cares who leaves Nexstar? They won't be replaced for months and by then, who knows what will happen? It really doesn't even matter because no one watches/follows WBRE/WYOU because of the turnover and subsequent lack of follow-through in the promotion department. So who could really care? Please tell me.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered about the real feeling in YOU's and BRE's newsroom..
For years they've gotton their brains beat in by the ratings giant WNEP.
Imagine having two stations that when you ADD their ratings together---they have about HALF of what WNEP has!
WOW! How does Nextars management justify that?

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Tom Carten said...

Here is what WBRE is advertising for:

Openings for the News Department are as follows:

1. Job Title: Consumer Reporter

Job Description: Looking for an investigative journalist to manage our established On Your Side consumer unit. Applicants should have a track record of producing aggressive, local consumer stories that serve the public interest. Tape should demonstrate creative writing and production skills.

Start Date: ASAP
Contact Person: Ron Krisulevicz
Interim News Director

2. Job Title: Weekend Meteorologist (part-time)

Job Description: Outstanding opportunity for a motivated meteorologist to forecast and deliver the weather on our weekend morning newscasts. If you can deliver an accurate, upbeat forecast, then we want to see your tape.

Educational Requirements: College degree or currently enrolled in meteorology program.

Experience/Skills Necessary: Knowledge of AccuWeather's Galileo system preferred.

Start Date: ASAP

3. Station: WBRE-TV / WYOU-TV
Job Title: Executive Producer

Job Description: Creative, innovative manager to serve as second-in-command for aggressive NBC & CBS affiliates in market # 54. Will have a voice and vote in all news operations and decisions.

Start Date: ASAP

Openings for the Sales Department are as follows:

4. Station: WBRE-TV

Job Title: Account Executive

Job Description: Immediate opening for an experienced Account Executive with strong negotiation and presentation skills. Candidate will handle a list that includes top agency business as well as generate new local direct business.

Experience/Skills Necessary: Candidate should preferably have at least 2 years experience with major agencies and have a proven track record for developing and maintaining local direct business.

Start Date: ASAP

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had a nickel for every poster blogging away about the rats deserting the sinking ship that is Nexstar....I'd be able to bankroll WNEP for a year.

The truth is that after 7 years of rumors and shared-services turmoil, WBRE/WYOU are alive, still kicking, and once in a while, beating 16 to a story or two. It's a noteworthy effort considering the turnaround, understaffing, and general lack of support from Beale's Bites bloggers !

Truth is: that operation isn't going to go away. A lot of good men and women over there still work hard at making things happen.

Now bash away....

8:00 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Turnover is common at any station. But what makes the recent turnover at WBRE and WYOU so bad is that both of their news directors left, within the course of a year. I don't know about you, but my morale would certainly be in the crapper if the top people at my station packed their bags and hightailed it outta there. Both stations have been through a lot worse, though.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true, Howard...turnover is very common at any station. But I wouldn't fault Nexstar for the two ND's leaving...one was fired b/c of a HR issue, and the other had the political opportunity of a lifetime. Niether person left Nexstar saying "OMG I'm free!".

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...the political opportunity of a lifetime

Or the biggest nightmare of a lifetime. Time, and a short piece of it, will tell. And can you, seasoned journalist, and you know who you are, please learn to spell. It's nEither, not nIether.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. 11:30pm....You should know that I'm not a journalist. I certainly hope that you are not, considering the way you assume facts.

And thanks for correcting my typo. You can put the dictionary away now.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM A LONG TIME EMPLOYEE AT WBRE, AND WE HAD AN ASSIGNMENT EDITOR, JERRY BRUNO ON THE NIGHT DESK FOR 3 YEARS, WHO WAS ALWAYS ON TOP OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING. HE GOT NO SUPPORT FROM MANAGEMENT AT WBRE/WYOU AND WAS OFFERED MORE MONEY BY THE THEN NEW CHANNEL 16 NEWS DIRECTOR, DENNIS FISHER, SO HE LEFT. SINCE HE LEFT, FOR 16 SO HAS OUR ASSIGNMENT MANAGER MIKE REMP. THAT LEAVES US WITH BOBBY DAY. HE KNOWS HOW TO ANNOUNCE AM RADIO STYLE NEWS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO BEING ON TOP OF WHAT'S GOING ON, WELL HE IS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. FOR THOSE OF YOU OUT THERE, THE ASSIGNMENT EDITOR IS THAT POSITION IN THE NEWSROOM WHERE IT ALL BEGINS. THEY HAVE TO LISTEN TO SCANNERS, FOLLOW UP ON LEADS FOR REPORTERS, COLLECT FACTS FROM SOURCES AND ASSIGN REPORTERS AND PHOTOGS TO COVER THE STORY. WITHOUT A STRONG PERSON IN THIS POSITION, YOUR NEWSROOM GETS STAGNANT. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND CHANNEL 16 IS NOT EXACTLY TREATING THIS GUY WITH THE RESPECT I BELIEVE HE DESERVES. I WISH JERRY WOULD RETURN AND HELP US TO, AT LEAST COMPETE. JERRY WE NEED YOU.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Care to comment on the producer opening at 28? The ad's in the Times Leader online on October 4, 2007.


PRODUCER
Structures, formats, writes and times newscasts for WBRE; selecting content and structuring broadcasts to meet station objectives, standards and policies.
Determines story selection, production and style. Works with graphic artists on visual presentation. Other duties
as may be assigned. Previous experience as a news producer helpful

12:03 PM  

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