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TV Notes: New WTAE-TV president worked at station before

Saturday, February 16, 2002

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rick Henry, general manager of Hearst-Argyle station WISN in Milwaukee, was named president and general manager of Pittsburgh's Hearst-owned WTAE-TV late Thursday.

Henry starts at Channel 4 on March 4, replacing Jim Hefner, who's leaving after 15 years to take a similar position at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C.

An office at Channel 4 won't be new for Henry: He was WTAE's vice president of sales from 1988 to 1996.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

It's all about time

A device similar to the Time Machine that KDKA used to squeeze extra commercials into Steelers games last fall continues to cause headaches for CBS.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the former manager of CBS stations in Miami and West Palm Beach is claiming in a lawsuit that he was fired after he complained about the increasing use of a machine that compresses program time to make room for more commercials.

The Journal reported William Ballard claims that in late 2000 a top CBS financial executive told him the official policy on using the device was "no," but the unofficial policy was "yes," as long as "you can get away with it."

The suit also claims another CBS executive told Ballard the network used the device in its football telecasts, which would violate CBS's contract with the NFL. CBS denied Ballard's charges.

(Rob Owen)

Hank allies with Kid Rock

In a recent Post-Gazette article, Hank Williams Jr., spoke about his unlikely friendship with bad boy Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock.

See it for yourself on Country Music Television's "Crossroads" (8 p.m. tomorrow) when Bocephus and "Kid Country" chug beer, trade licks and fire a Civil War cannon at Williams' barbecue party. CMT is available on Adelphia cable systems.

(John Hayes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

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