Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Teresa Burgess, Best Wishes to you

It's confirmed. Meredith Corp. fired the only woman to lead a Portland television station, Teresa Burgess, who ran KPTV and KPDX. She will be replaced in the interim by Paul Karpowicz, who is the head of Meredith Broadcasting Group (got that job in February).

Word is she was fired because her sales team couldn't convert strong numbers in the morning and night into increased revenue and couldn't get sales numbers for UPN - KPDX up. With that, expect a few sales heads to roll. Don't expect any big changes in news, since the corporate folks know they're delivering.

The staff was told, as we know, at 9:30 this morning.

She was much admired in the industry, so expect a follow-up post about her new job (plus she probably walked away with an admirable severance).

PMI

8 Comments:

Anonymous KPTV WorkerBee said...

The only GM that I got a hug from! (I wouldn't have wanted one from any previous bosses anyway)..she was a great boss, like working for Mom except younger.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great person is now available to be a GM for a station in need. KPTV/KPDX's loss will be someone elses gain.

Isn't there another station in town still looking for a new GM ??? :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teresa is a class act and will be missed greatly. This is a big loss for all who worked with her. It would be great to see her end up at KOIN. Those poor people could use a little of her positive energy. Best of luck Teresa.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Teresa: I know you read this site. What can you tell us about what happened? Will you end up at KOIN?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first GM I worked under would just assume run you over with his Bentley than give you the time of day. The 2nd GM would at least say HI to you in the hallways. Teresa not only would talk with her fellow workers, but she would be *truly interested* in what we saying!

This one time, during breaking news, she even ran studio camera for 1/2 hour until someone arrived to take over. She's very much a CLASS ACT!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The first GM I worked under would just assume run you over with his Bentley. . ."

JUST ASSUME. C'mon, you don't really work in TV.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great ratings with your stupid "newscast"

how about you assholes go sell some fucking advertising now.....and not at a dollar a holler either (which our company was able to grind you down to) can you say DESPERATE!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:18:00 PM  

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