Tina Silvestri, Local Media Senior VP Of Operations, NBC
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/14/2010 12:01:00 AM
“We changed the operations in such a way that content is available for all platforms,” Silvestri says, “instead of being produced for television and copied onto other platforms.”
Equally important to NBC Local Media’s long-term viability in its TV markets has been the resource-sharing Local News Service. NBC uses the service to partner with other stations in several markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, to staff a news outfit designated to cover non-breaking news events like press conferences. Getting that model in place in seven markets where NBC owns a station has improved both the quantity and quality of the stations’ local content, according to NBC’s general managers.
“The local teams are now getting more content than they’d ever dreamed of getting,” Silvestri says. “And it’s freed up resources for them to go after enterprise reporting.”
Silvestri, 40, graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and got a close-up look at NBC’s operations while crunching the network’s sales research at the television rep firm Harrington Righter & Parsons. She spent six years there before jumping to NBC in 1996.
These days, Silvestri is focused on rolling out a new digital sales management system at the stations, and fine-tuning the content strategy toward “operational excellence” in NBC’s local markets. “We’re taking stock of all the changes now,” Silvestri says. “We’re observing the processes and really trying to tighten up the model.”
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