KTHV-TV Names vice President and General Manager
ARLINGTON, Va. — Susan Newkirk has been promoted to vice president and general manager of KTHV-TV, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Ark. She joined KTHV in May, 1995 and has been responsible for the promotion and marketing of Today’s THV.
The announcement was made by Cecil L. Walker, president and chief executive officer, Gannett Broadcasting. Newkirk replaces Paul Trelstad who was promoted, earlier this week, to president and general manager of WKYC-TV, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Susan’s background and experience will allow her to build on the relationship between Today’s THV and our viewers. We are pleased to have this native Arkansan on staff to lead the station in the future,” Walker said.
Prior to joining KTHV, Newkirk was promotion director for KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock for 14 years. She began her career in the advertising industry in 1972 as assistant to the president of Stephens International, an advertising/public relations firm in Little Rock. She served as broadcast producer/writer/media buyer for Fraser Irby Snyder and as broadcast producer/writer for Cranford, Johnson. She earned her degree in radio/television broadcasting and management from Capital City Junior College in Little Rock.
Newkirk has served on the boards of the American Cancer Society, The Arkansas Advertising Federation and The Community Theatre. She also participated on the Communications Committee for the United Way of Pulaski County. She received the Woman of Distinction Award, for outstanding volunteer work, given by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.)
KTHV is part of Gannett Broadcasting’s 15 television station group.The other stations include: WUSA (CBS-Washington, DC); WXIA (NBC-Atlanta); WKYC (NBC-Cleveland); KARE (NBC-Minneapolis); KPNX (NBC-Phoenix); KUSA (NBC-Denver); KSDK (NBC-St. Louis); WLWT (NBC-Cincinnati); KOCO (ABC-Oklahoma City); WFMY (CBS-Greensboro); WTLV (NBC-Jacksonville); WBIR (NBC-Knoxville); KVUE (ABC-Austin) and WMAZ (CBS-Macon). Pending FCC approval, Gannett will also own WTSP (CBS-Tampa). Gannett Broadcasting also consists of cable operations in five states, 11 radio stations, an entertainment programming unit and Multimedia Security Service.
In addition to its broadcasting operations, Gannett publishes 92 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine.