Meredith Promotes Kirk Black to SVP

Meredith Broadcasting announced Wednesday (Aug. 20) the promotion of Kirk Black to senior vp of its 12-station group. The TV broadcaster also announced the appointment of two acting general managers: Darrin McDonald to acting general manager of KVVU-TV, the company’s Fox affiliate in Las Vegas, from general sales manager; and Patrick McCreery to acting general manager of KPTV and KPDX, the Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Portland, Ore., from station manager.

McCreery’s promotion frees up Kieran Clarke, the former vp and general manager of the Portland duopoly, to concentrate on growing the company’s video business as executive vp of Meredith Video Solutions. The unit’s growing portfolio currently includes two broadband channels, and; Better, a daily hour-long syndicated lifestyle program that will air on 40 markets in 2009; and Parents TV, a video-on-demand program airing on Comcast cable systems and mobile networks.

“Kieran Clarks was part of the original Meredith Video Solutions start-up team,” said Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Broadcasting Group. “He nurtured what began as a local Portland-based show and video initiative into a substantial business.”

In his new position, Black will continue to serve as vp and general manager of Meredith’s Kansas City duopoly, and mentor newly-appointed acting general managers, McDonald in Las Vegas and McCreery in Portland, Ore.

“In addition to his continued management of our important Kansas City duopoly, this promotion will allow him to provide direction for promising leaders in the group,” Karpowicz said.