Vinciquerra signs on at Hearst

NEW YORK — Tony Vinciquerra, who resigned as the No. 2 exec at CBS Television Stations last week, is moving to Hearst Broadcasting in a similar post.

He’s been named group executive at Hearst, effective June 23. Vinciquerra will be based at Hearst headquarters in N.Y., where he’ll oversee the company’s TV station group along with deputy general manager David Barrett, to whom he reports.

Vinciquerra, who moved to L.A. last year to oversee CBS’ O&O group in Western U.S. markets as exec VP, explained his departure last week by saying, “I feel really uncomfortable in a huge company like this,” and said he “enjoyed running stations and smaller companies.”

But his CBS exit seemed directly related to a decision by Westinghouse Electric Corp. CEO Michael Jordan to shift control of the TV stations division to CBS Radio president Mel Karmazin from Peter Lund, who also resigned last week as CBS Television and Cable CEO.

At Hearst Broadcasting, Vinciquerra will help run the current seven-station group under the unit’s president, John Conomikes. Hearst also has agreed to merge its stations with Argyle Television, and together the Hearst-Argyle group will own 12 stations and manage three more that will remain owned by Hearst itself.

Most of Hearst’s current outlets are ABC affils in markets including Boston, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Kansas City.

Vinciquerra joined the CBS stations group in late 1995 from his slot as G.M. at Westinghouse-owned KYW Philadelphia, and was station manager of the company’s WBZ Boston. Early in his career, he held sales posts at two Hearst media properties, WTAE Pittsburgh and the Albany, N.Y., Times Union.

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