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Nov 12, 2001  •  Post A Comment

O’Brien named Meredith Broadcasting president
Longtime Cox Broadcasting executive Kevin O’Brien has been named president of Meredith Broadcasting Group, whose 12 television stations reach some 10 percent of the U.S. TV universe. He fills the gap left when Cary Jones resigned in July. Mr. O’Brien will start his new job Monday and will operate out of Meredith-owned Fox affiliate KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, rather than Des Moines, Iowa, where Meredith is headquartered. Mr. O’Brien, 58, has been executive vice president of Cox Television’s Independent Group, supervising five Cox stations throughout the country, in addition to serving as vice president and general manager of Cox Broadcasting’s Fox affiliate KTVU-TV in San Francisco.
Hollywood to help war effort
Television and film industry executives were scheduled to meet Sunday in Beverly Hills with White House Senior Adviser Karl Rove to explore how Hollywood can aid the war effort. Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America and an attendee, said he thinks the creative community can help the government get its message out without compromising free expression.
“What’s wrong with making a picture about the heroism of a fireman or a police officer or FBI agent or a soldier or a sailor?” he told CNN last week. He said the power of movies and celebrities “can be very helpful in trying to persuade [people] that we are not their enemy.” A few dozen media moguls were expected to attend, including Disney President Robert Iger, Dreamworks SKG partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, Fox Television Group Chairman Sandy Grushow, and Viacom Chairman and CEO Sumner Redstone.