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KKTV/Channel 11, the station that has seen a lot of changes in on-air personnel lately is undergoing a management makeover as well as Gray Television shifts around personnel among its stations.
Nick Matesi, vice president/general manager at KOLO, Channel 8, in Reno, Nev., is returning to the Springs to become vice president/general manager at 11 News.
Matesi was news director at 11 News from 2003 to 2008, then briefly held the position as new media sales manager at WOWT/Channel 6, Gray Television in Omaha, Neb. before moving to Reno.
Outgoing vice president/general manager, Tim Merritt, is returning to WHSV/Channel 3, in Harrisonburg, Va., as station manager. Merritt climbed the ranks as sales manager then station manager at WHSV from 1999 to 2007 before joining KKTV.
“I have such mixed emotions about this transfer and will miss the wonderful people in Colorado Springs, “Merritt said in an email. “Yet, I’m so happy to get my family closer to the family that we have on the East Coast. My children are so excited to be able to see their grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins more often. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.”
Merritt ticked off the list of accomplishments since he took over KKTV in 2007.
“We switched to digital television, won “Station of Year” twice from the Colorado Broadcasters Association (among many other awards), implemented a new news graphics package, launched full automation of our newscasts and master control, launched High Definition and built a new UHF transmitter,” Merritt said.
Matesi said he’s been in town for just a few days and will take the time to evaluate all aspects of the station.
“Tim put together a great staff and I couldn’t be happier with the crew and the quality of the people here,” Matesi said in a phone interview. “I worked with many of the people before and I am learning the new faces.”
Matesi said the market is even more competitive than when he left four years ago.
“The station is doing a lot of things right and we’ll see how we can take things to the next level,” he said.
The station is also advertising on its website for a director of sales, new brand manager/marketing, executive news producer, weekend anchor/reporter, web producer and reporter and producer positions.
KKTV has hired replacements for at least five of the six positions made vacant since January, when reporters left for other markets or got out of the TV business.