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Aug 12, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Miller named America Online chairman and CEO
As expected, Jonathan Miller last week was appointed chairman and CEO of AOL Time Warner’s America Online division. Mr. Miller will oversee all of America Online’s businesses and report to Don Logan, chairman of AOL Time Warner’s Media & Communications Group. Mr. Miller was president and chief executive of information and services at USA for two years before resigning to become president and chief executive of new portfolio company, Boston-based General Catalyst Partners. Before joining USA in 1997, Mr. Miller was managing director of Nickelodeon International. He also served as VP of programming for NBA Entertainment and director of programming at public television’s WGBH-TV in Boston.
Nickelodeon takes over Noggin
Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop have signed an agreement in which Nickelodeon acquires its partner Sesame Workshop’s 50 percent interest in Noggin, the cable- and satellite-delivered channel founded in 1998 that targets preschoolers and tweens. Noggin will be operated and managed by Nickelodeon and will be overseen by Herb Scannell, president, Nickelodeon, TV Land and The New TNN. The channel currently reaches approximately 25 million households. In addition, Nickelodeon has entered into a multiyear agreement to develop new original series for Noggin with Sesame Workshop. Noggin will continue to feature programming from the Sesame library, including “Sesame Street,” for three more years.
Boston’s WGBH signs on for People Meters
WGBH-TV, the Public Broadcasting station in Boston, has signed on for People Meter service from Nielsen Media Research. The WGBH move is significant because it gives the People Meter another inroad in a major market where broadcasters have been boycotting the new technology, because of the widespread assumption that its continuous demographic measurement capability will result in lower ratings for them in relation to their cable and other competitors. Now, WGBH will have access to overnight demographic ratings that will replace Nielsen’s previous data collection service in Boston that relied on separate samples of metered households and paper diaries. Additional clients that have signed up for Nielsen People Meter service in Boston include AT&T Broadband; New England Cable News; New England Sports Network; WUNI-TV, the Univision affiliate owned by Entravision; and WNDS-TV 50, an independent.
DeHaven moves to KCNC
As promised last week, former WBBM-TV General Manager Walt DeHaven has a new assignment from the Viacom Television Stations Group. He has been named VP and general manager of Viacom-owned Denver station KCNC-TV. He replaces Marv Rockford, who has been an executive at the station for 21 years. Mr. Rockford’s plans are unknown. Mr. DeHaven will report to Viacom Chief Operating Officer Dennis Swanson, who has enticed well-regarded ABC veteran Joe Ahern to switch network-owned groups and return to Chicago as VP and general manager of WBBM, where Mr. DeHaven faced an uphill ratings battle during his two-year tenure.
Five more stations transmit digital signals
The National Association of Broadcasters announced that five more television stations have begun transmitting digital signals. The five new DTV stations are: KVCT-TV, Victoria, Texas; WPSD-TV, Paducah, Ky.; WAOW-TV, Wausau, Wis.; WWSI-TV, Philadelphia, Pa.; and WGRZ-TV, Buffalo N.Y. The digital broadcaster tally nows stands at 455 stations. DTV signals are now being transmitted in 135 markets that include 88.38 percent of U.S. TV households. In addition, 45 percent of all U.S. TV households are in markets where broadcasters are delivering four or more DTV signals.
Supowitz to director of sales
Louis Supowitz has been tapped as director of sales for Fox’s Orlando, Fla., duopoly, Fox station WOFL-TV and UPN affiliate WRBW-TV and WOGX-TV, a Fox station in Ocala, Fla. Mr. Supowitz joins Fox from AOL Time Warner, where he served as regional brand manager for the company and was responsible for assimilating cross-platform revenue initiatives with a territory comprising Time Warner cable markets on Florida’s west coast.
Leonard returns to Boston weather scene
On Thursday, meteorologist Harvey Leonard will make his debut on Boston’s WCVB-TV after a four-month absence due to a noncompete clause with his former station WHDH-TV. Mr. Leonard will join the channel’s “WeatherCenter 5” as co-chief meteorologist and share primary forecasting responsibilities with fellow New Englander and former cross-town rival Dick Albert. Mr. Albert will present the weather during the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, while Mr. Leonard takes to the airwaves at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.