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5/04/2003 08:00:00 PM Eastern

Executive Shake-Up

New News Faces on 7 and 8

Former WCBS-TV Reporter Dies

Executive Shake-Up

Lexington, Ky.— Media General ABC affiliate WTVQ-TV appointed Mike McDonald interim general manager last week after firing GM Bill Stanley, News Director David Foky and Executive Producer Audrey Port. Media General Vice President of Broadcast Stations Jim Conschafter wouldn't comment further.

McDonald, formerly news director of WDAF-TV Kansas City, Mo., has signed a contract, Conschafter says, to "help us during this interim period." Conschafter is interviewing GM candidates and wants to hire one soon: "I'd certainly like the new general manager to be involved in hiring a news director."

New News Faces on 7 and 8

Washington— Allbritton's WJLA-TV, which is channel 7 in Washington, and the company's NewsChannel 8 cable channel went on a hiring spree last week. News Vice President Bill Lord, who oversees both operations, got a news director for the ABC affiliate (Jamie Foster, WFAA-TV Dallas executive producer); a weekend morning anchor for NewsChannel 8 who will also work as a reporter for the TV station (Leslie Cook, KXAN-TV Austin, Texas, 10 p.m. co-anchor); and a weekend weathercaster for WJLA-TV (Joe Witte, CNBC chief meteorologist).

Lord says, "Jamie is a really solid news guy, got great experience at some of the best stations in the country. He's smart, got a great feel for television. He knows graphics and presentation and pacing. He was always a very good producer and moved through the ranks into an executive-producer position, and I think he'll be able to do some great things with our newscast here." Foster will join the station the first week of June.

Cook joined last week and is the first anchor Lord has hired since the two news operations were merged in September. "It's a blended operation now," Lord says, "so reporters report on both stations all the time." In addition to her weekend morning anchoring, Cook will be a weekday reporter for WJLA-TV's newscasts. Before her stint at KXAN-TV, she worked at KHBS(TV) Fort Smith, Ark., and KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark.

Witte, CNBC's chief meteorologist for the past four years, has BS and MS degrees in meteorology. He has worked at WNBC-TV New York, NBC-TV's News at Sunrise and Sunday Today and anchored the A&E series Disaster Chronicles. "Joe Witte," says Lord, "is a big catch for us. He's a phenomenal weathercaster."

Former WCBS-TV Reporter Dies

New York— Chris Borgen, 76, long-time reporter at WCBS-TV and a former New York City Police detective, died from pulmonary fibrosis on April 25 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.

In addition to his reporting for the station's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, he hosted public-affairs programs, such as Channel 2 The People
and Channel 2 Eye On. His popular Police Files series resulted in more than 40 felony arrests and the recovery of more than $2.5 million in stolen property.

Prior to joining WCBS-TV in 1966, Borgen was an NYPD detective for eight years, earning 19 citations for bravery. He also served as the on-air moderator for television series Experts Answer, a United States Information Agency-sponsored program televised in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. From 1963 to '65, he was news writer for WINS(AM) New York and, prior to that, director of operations at WNCN(AM) New York.

Borgen earned more than 130 awards for reporting during his career. He retired in 1995. A native of New York City, he attended City College and Columbia University. In 1984, he received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Felician College in New Jersey.

He is survived by his wife, Mitsou; son, Christopher; and granddaughter, Maggie.

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