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Fox transfers in a new general manager for WTVT

Published Oct. 1, 2005

Fox Television Stations, Inc., continuing its move to install its own management team at acquired stations, on Friday named a new vice president and general manager at WTVT-Ch. 13.

David Boylan, 45, comes to Tampa from the Fox-owned WGHP-TV in Greensboro, N.C., where he worked for 10{ years, most recently as vice president and general manager.

He replaces Bob Franklin, who left WTVT on March 6 after about 10 years at the station.

At the time, Franklin's departure seemed in line with a trend at the 10 affiliates recently purchased by the network from New World Communications Group, which included WTVT. General managers at stations in Detroit, Cleveland and Phoenix have been removed since the sale was completed Jan. 22.

It is a time of growth and change for Fox, which has now emerged as the largest station group in the United States, with 22 affiliates covering 40 percent of the country's television households.

"When you acquire a property _ a $2.5-billion to $3-billion investment _ it's logical that you put people in those facilities that you know," Boylan said. "It doesn't mean the people before didn't or couldn't do the job. It's just about putting people in place that you know."

When asked whether his appointment means the possibility of other changes at WTVT, particularly in the news division, Boylan declined to comment on specifics, beyond noting that the station soon will have a new accounting system.

"This station is committed to local news," he added. "We certainly acquired WTVT to build a very strong local station . . . not to come in, chop away and make radical changes. From the viewer's side, not much will change."

Boylan, who started his career in sales at an Elgin, Ill., radio station, worked for WMAQ-TV in Chicago and WKYC-TV in Cleveland before going to WGHP in 1986. Karen Adams, appointed Friday to the vice president/general manager's position at WGHP, credited Boylan with taking the station to No. 1 as an ABC affiliate and holding its dominance when the station switched to Fox in 1995.

"We were considered one of the best-switched markets in the country," says Adams, who noted Boylan recommended her to succeed him. "He can adjust to whatever challenges come his way."