H-A’s Fred Young to Retire

Fred Young, Hearst-Argyle Television’s senior vp of news, will retire from the company at the end of the year, concluding a 46-year career in the business, Hearst-Argyle announced Monday (Oct. 13). He will continue to serve in an advisory and consulting role following his retirement.

Brian Bracco, currently corporate vp for news, will succeed Young, taking on oversight of the group’s news operations in 26 markets, as well as the Washington, D.C. News Bureau.

In addition, Barbara Maushard, news director for WESH-TV, the company’s NBC affiliate in Orlando, will join the group news team, relocating to Hearst-Argyle’s New York City headquarters as vp of news. She’ll work with Bracco and Candy Altman, also a vp of news, who maintains her office at WCVB, the company’s ABC affiliate in Boston.

Young has headed up the TV group’s news operations since August 1997 when he was first named vp of news. Under Young’s tenure, the Hearst-Argyle station group earned an unrivalled four consecutive Walter Cronkite Awards for excellent in television political journalism, in recognition of Hearst-Argyle’s election coverage, championed by Young in 2000. The group’s stations have been the recipients of numerous other awards for journalism excellence such as the Peabody, the du Pont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and others.

In March 2002, Young received a First Amendment Service Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation.

“Fred has had a remarkable career with our company, first as an executive in Pittsburgh with Hearst Broadcasting, and in recent years leading the local news work of the Hearst-Argyle stations,” said David Barrett, president and CEO for Hearst-Argyle. “His imprint on our company is indelible thanks to the high standards he has set for our local journalism, his passionate commitment to integrity and quality, and his mentoring of some of the very best news people in television, both within our company and throughout the industry.”