Scripps names new GM for Tampa station; news director picked for WXYZ in Detroit
Mon, January 12, 2004 by Mark Kroeger
CINCINNATI – Bill Carey, an award-winning broadcast television news executive with more than 25 years experience, has been named vice president and general manager of WFTS-TV, Channel 28, in Tampa, effective immediately. WFTS is owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.Carey, 46, comes to Tampa from the Scripps-owned station in Detroit, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, where he has served as news director since December 2000. Carey succeeds Samuel S. Stallworth Jr. who died from lung cancer Dec. 1.“Bill Carey is an experienced broadcast television executive who has worked for some of the most prominent television stations in the country’s biggest markets,” said Bill Peterson, vice president of station operations for Scripps. “He’s energetic; he’s talented and he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to operate a successful local television station.”Succeeding Carey as news director at WXYZ will be Andrea Parquet. Parquet, 45, currently is news director of WMAR-TV, Channel 2, in Baltimore. Her appointment at WXYZ is effective Jan. 26. WMAR also is owned and operated by Scripps. WFTS, WXYZ and WMAR are all affiliated with the ABC television network. During Carey’s tenure as news director in Detroit, the station’s morning, noon and early evening newscasts have been routinely rated number one in the market. The station’s “Action News at 6” won an Emmy award as Detroit’s best newscast in 2002. The station also won multiple awards in 2002 for spot news coverage from the Associated Press and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.Before joining WXYZ, Carey was news director for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned flagship station in New York City. While he was assistant news director, WCBS won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for groundbreaking investigations into corruption and mismanagement in New York City’s public school system. Earlier in his career, Carey also held a number of management positions at WBBM-TV in Chicago, another CBS-owned station. He served as managing editor and assistant news director at WBBM.Carey began his broadcast TV career as an assignment editor at WCBS in 1981. He also worked at WABC-TV, the ABC-owned flagship station in New York City, where he was assigned to various producing and management roles.Carey has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fordham University.Parquet was named news director at WMAR in March 2003 and most recently has been directing the station’s coverage of the two court trials in the Washington D.C.-area sniper case. Before joining WMAR, Parquet served three years as news director at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. During that time, WRAL earned the Station of the Year excellence award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Parquet’s appointment as news director at WXYZ marks her return to the station. Parquet previously had worked at WXYZ for 15 years, starting as a part-time production assistant and working her way up to managing editor before accepting the position in Raleigh.The E. W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media and television retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations, four cable and satellite television programming services and a television retailing network. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. HGTV reaches about 84 million U.S. television households and Food Network can be seen in about 83 million households. Scripps Networks Web sites include FoodNetwork.com, HGTV.com, DIYnetwork.com and fineliving.com. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 33 countries. The company’s home shopping subsidiary, Shop At Home Network, markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop At Home Web site, shopathometv.com. Shop At Home reaches about 45 million full-time equivalent U.S. households.Scripps also operates Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT.