Carole Black, prexy and general manager of KNBC Los Angeles, has been offered the top job at the Lifetime Television cabler, but there’s no final word on whether she’ll take it.
Reps for Lifetime, jointly owned by the Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., declined to comment, and Black could not be reached for comment late Thursday. But TV biz insiders were buzzing about Lifetime’s full-court press to bring Black into the prexy post vacated in December by longtime Lifetime chief Doug McCormick.
Sources say Black has been undecided on the Lifetime gig because she’s also still attracted to opportunities for a promotion to a larger role at the NBC web. Other contenders for the Lifetime job include Kate McEnroe, prexy of the American Movie Classics cabler, MTV prexy Judy McGrath and ABC daytime programming exec Valerie Schaer.
Black has been G.M. of the Peacock’s Los Angeles O&O since 1994, and sources say she’s still interested in staying within the NBC fold. She’s also said to have reservations about relocating to New York, where Lifetime is based.
Black is one of the highest-profile femmes in the TV biz, having broken ground as the first female G.M. of a station in the highly competitive Los Angeles market. She’s credited with turning KNBC’s fortunes around, particularly in the local news arena. And with the aid of NBC’s recent winning streak in primetime, KNBC overtook longtime market leader KABC as L.A.’s top billing station during Black’s tenure.
Before joining KNBC, Black spent 10 years with the Walt Disney Co., serving as a marketing exec in the Mouse’s homevideo and syndication divisions.
(John Dempsey in New York contributed to this report.)