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Hale Promoted to SVP of Meredith Broadcasting and GM of WSMV

Sep 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Elden Hale Jr. has been promoted to senior VP of the Meredith Broadcasting group and general manager of WSMV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville. In addition, Meredith Broadcasting Group President Paul Karpowicz announced Monday that Klarn DePalma will succeed Mr. Hale as VP and general manager of CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., and CBS affiliate WSHM-TV in Springfield, Mass.

“Elden Hale has done a great job leading WFSB, the number one station in Hartford. His leadership has helped build that station, and Elden launched our new CBS affiliate in Springfield, Mass., which was cash-flow positive from day one,” said Mr. Karpowicz in the announcement. “Elden’s leadership and management style will fit well with WSMV, another strong station. Elden will continue to provide direction for other stations in the group and assist me in my goal of growing the sales and news efforts at all of our stations.”

“Klarn DePalma has been an extremely talented sales executive for us, garnering much respect in the Hartford/Springfield area,” Mr. Karpowicz continued. “He has a wide knowledge of the market and the ability to make things happen. Klarn is ready to run these television stations, and I am confident in his leadership abilities to continue the growth of WFSB and WSHM.”

Mr. Hale joined the Meredith Broadcasting Group in 2002 as VP and general manager of WFSB. Mr. Hale had previously served as chief operating officer and executive VP of The New York Times Co.’s Broadcast Group, where he oversaw a group of eight television stations. Before taking that position, Mr. Hale held key executive positions at stations and news operations.

Mr. DePalma has been director of sales for WFSB and WSHM. He joined WFSB as account executive in 1993.