Tom Petner

Tom Petner is an award-winning journalist and media executive. Most recently Petner was Editor of the broadcast industry newsletter, "ShopTalk" and Director of Temple University's journalism program, the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL). Previously, Petner led several successful broadcast news operations, first as Vice President and News Director at WWOR Television in the New York market, and then as Vice President of News at WTAE Television in Pittsburgh. His many newsroom credits include service as an Assignment Manager, Executive Producer and Managing Editor at CBS O&O stations in Philadelphia and New York. His online management experience includes roles as an Executive Producer, Publisher and SVP at the online start-up and Chief Operating Office at
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Recent Stories by Tom Petner

The Aereo Case Is Argued Before the U.S. Supreme Court: The Problem Is the Cloud, and How to Make Sure It's Always Fair Weather

Posted April 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Oral arguments for ABC vs. Aereo have now been argued before the United States Supreme Court. You can find a full transcript of the oral arguments made today, April 22, 2014, if you click here. The entire 55-page transcript......

Author George R.R. Martin Weighs In on Latest 'Game of Thrones' Controversy

Posted April 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Author George R.R. Martin, whose books are the basis of the HBO hit "Game of Thrones," was among those sounding off about the latest in a series of controversies involving the fantasy series. For anyone following the series on......

NBC Racks Up a Monday Win as CBS Series Sinks to All-Time Low

Posted April 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

NBC rolled to a ratings win as its Monday night 1-2 punch of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" came in as the two highest-rated shows of the night on broadcast prime, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49......

VH1 Lays Off Staffers

Posted April 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Cable channel VH1 has cut a number of staff positions. reports that the channel let go the bulk of its New York development and production team. The story reports that as many as 13 positions were cut. The......

Hollywood Execs Accused of Sex Abuse Refute Allegations

Posted April 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Three Hollywood insiders who are targeted by lawsuits accusing them of sexual abuse have responded to the allegations, with all three men denying that the accusations have any merit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "TV executive Garth Ancier, former......