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Mar 25, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Host Rukeyser leaving PBS’s `Wall Street Week’
Washington-Louis Rukeyser, the soft-spoken, witty moderator of the PBS series “Wall Street Week,” a Friday night institution for 32 years, will leave after the June 28 program, reportedly because he’s upset that producer Maryland Public Television is revamping the show. MPT said last week it would co-produce the program with Fortune magazine, part of media giant AOL Time Warner, and install Fortune Editorial Director Geoffrey Colvin as co-host. A second co-host has yet to be named. Fortune will not be an underwriter.
The show will feature more information and look more like a news program, said Jeff Hankin, VP of marketing and brand management at MPT. Mr. Rukeyser was given an offer to stay on as senior commentator, but he declined. “We are disappointed. We would very much have liked for him to be part of the new show,” Mr. Hankin said.
Station swap yields Fox duopoly in Orlando
Washington-Fox Television Stations last week announced that it swapped its UPN affiliate KPTV in Portland, Ore., for Meredith Corp. Fox affiliates WOFL-TV in Orlando, Fla., and WOGX-TV in Ocala, Fla. The deal gives Fox a duopoly in Orlando.
Paratore is elevated to exec VP at Warner
Los Angeles-Telepictures President Jim Paratore has been named executive VP of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The move will add oversight of station sales to Mr. Paratore’s responsibilities. He will maintain his current role at Telepictures, where he will continue to report to Bruce Rosenblum, executive VP of Warner Bros. Television Group.