WMAR, Scripps announce management changes

Wed, January 19, 2000 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Steven Gigliotti, vice president and general manager of WMAR-TV in Baltimore, has accepted a senior management position with The E.W. Scripps Company’s cable television network operations.Gigliotti has been named senior vice president of advertising sales for Scripps Networks, which operates Home & Garden Television, the Food Network and Do It Yourself. Scripps also is the parent company of WMAR.Drew Berry has been named vice president and general manager of WMAR. Berry has been station manager at WMAR since 1997 and also served as news director until April 1999.Gigliotti’s and Berry’s promotions are effective immediately.“We’re fortunate at Scripps to have two people of such high caliber,” said James M. Hart, senior vice president of television at Scripps. “The decision by Scripps Networks to entrust this important position to Steve is a reflection of his many accomplishments at WMAR. Drew’s impressive credentials in the broadcast television industry, and his co-stewardship at WMAR, make him the obvious choice to take the helm in Baltimore.” Gigliotti had been vice president and general manager at WMAR since 1996. Before coming to Baltimore, he was vice president and general manager for KOVR-TV in Sacramento, Calif.Berry has more than 20 years experience in broadcast television news, serving as an anchor, reporter, photographer, editor and producer. During his tenure at WMAR, the station has won several Emmy and Associated Press awards.“Over the past several years, the management of this television station has been a collaboration between Drew and me,” Gigliotti said. “It has been our intention to dramatically improve our community outreach, increase the number of local specials and focus our growth strategy on a grass roots, neighborhood-by-neighborhood plan. Drew’s excellent business sense, team approach and people skills, and his outstanding news judgment and enthusiasm for WMAR-TV, make him the perfect leader to carry on the local direction of this TV station.”Berry said, “The partnership with Steve and our talented staff has resulted in the building of many bridges with neighborhood, political and business communities. I will be working hard to make sure those bridges stay intact while at the same time building others. I share Steve’s vision to make WMAR ABC2 an even bigger leader in local programming while providing exciting new opportunities for viewers and businesses in the Baltimore area.”The E.W. Scripps Company operates 19 daily newspapers; nine network-affiliated television stations; three TV networks, Home & Garden Television, the Food Network and Do It Yourself; and a TV programmer, Scripps Productions. The company also operates United Media, a worldwide syndicator and licensor of news features and comics; the Scripps Howard News Service; and publishes independent Yellow Pages directories. Scripps operates 31 revenue-producing Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com and comics.com.