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Tampa Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 gets new general manager, as current GM heads to Atlanta

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Myfox_full_logo_1018 Tampa Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 will see a changing of its executive guard later this month, as a new general manager takes the helm and its current top executive heads to Atlanta.

Bill Schneider will leave his job as general manager at WTVT and start work Aug. 23 in that capacity for WAGA-TV, the Fox-owned affiliate in Atlanta. Schneider worked there as head of sales years ago.

On the same day Schneider starts in Atlanta, WTVT's current ad sales chief Jeff Maloney rises up to replace him in Tampa -- completing one of the most seamless top executive transitions the local market has seen in quite a while.

Atlanta's a larger TV market so it certainly seems a promotion for Schneider, who faced everything from the untimely arrest of morning anchor Russell Rhodes to the transformation of WTVT into a graphics hub, performing graphics work for Fox-owned stations across the country from its Kennedy Blvd. studios.

I'll be talking with Maloney and Schneider later today to get a few more details on the transition. But until then, there's a few more details in the press releases provided by Fox.

Click below for details:

FOX TELEVISION STATIONS NAMES BILL SCHNEIDER VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF WAGA FOX 5

NEW YORK – Bill Schneider has been named Vice President and General Manager of WAGA FOX 5 in Atlanta, announced Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer, Fox Television Stations (FTS).  Effective Monday, August, 23, 2010, and reporting directly to Abernethy, Schneider will be responsible for overseeing the station’s business and operations.

In making the announcement, Abernethy stated, “During his nearly thirteen years with the Fox Television Stations, Bill has proven time and again that he is an excellent leader who gets results.  Bill has moved several times for FTS and we are happy that he can finally go home.”

Schneider previously spent five years with WAGA FOX 5 as Vice President and Director of Sales. Most recently, he spent two years at WTVT FOX 13 in Tampa, where he also held the position of Vice President and General Manager. Prior to this, he spent nearly six years as Vice President and General Manager of KDVR FOX 31, the then FTS owned-and-operated station in Denver. Before joining FTS, Schneider was with Turner Broadcasting, where he was Director of Corporate and Broadcast Sales for the Atlanta Hawks. Earlier in his career, he spent more than a decade in sales capacities for WTBS-TV and WZGC Radio in Atlanta.

Added Schneider, “I am honored for the opportunity to work alongside the talented team at WAGA FOX 5 and look forward to taking on this new role.”

A graduate of Mercer University in Atlanta, Schneider holds a degree in communications. 

The Fox Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.21 percent of U.S. television homes.  This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.

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FOX TELEVISION STATIONS NAMES JEFF MALONEY VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF WTVT FOX 13

NEW YORK – Jeff Maloney has been named Vice President and General Manager of WTVT FOX 13 in Tampa, announced Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer, Fox Television Stations (FTS).  Effective Monday, August 23, 2010, and reporting directly to Abernethy, Maloney will be responsible for overseeing the station’s business and operations.

In making the announcement, Abernethy stated, “Over the last fifteen years, Jeff has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the Fox Television Stations sales team. It is fortunate when succession planning allows for the best candidate to come from within. ”

Most recently, Maloney has served for seven years as the Vice President of Sales at WTVT FOX 13. Prior to this, he spent nearly ten years in sales positions of increasing responsibility for KSTU FOX 13, the then Fox-owned station in Salt Lake City, including National Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and eventually, Vice President and General Sales Manager. Previously, he was with Katz Communications in Los Angeles for nearly four years. He began his television sales career as a Senior Broadcasting Negotiator for advertising agency, J Walter Thompson.

Added Maloney, “It has been a pleasure to work with the excellent team here at WTVT FOX 13 for the past seven years. I am excited for the opportunity to lead our station as we continue to do great things here in Tampa Bay.”

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Maloney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.

The Fox Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.21 percent of U.S. television homes.  This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.

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