Hearst Promotes Kyle Grimes to VP of its New England Stations

By Kevin Eck 

WCVB president and general manager Kyle I. Grimes has been promoted to vice president, New England for Hearst Television stations.

In the newly created position, Grimes will continue to oversee WCVB and will add corporate oversight of WMTW and WPXT, the ABC and CW affiliates serving Portland-Auburn, Maine; WMUR, the ABC affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire; and WPTZ and WNNE, the NBC and CW affiliates serving the Plattsburgh, New York, and Burlington, Vermont, television market. The presidents and general managers of these stations will report to him.

“We are fortunate to have strong operators at our television stations and Kyle has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership in every assignment,” said Michael J. Hayes, Hearst Television’s president. “With intimate knowledge of the region as a general manager in two of the properties, this additional responsibility is a natural transition for him and for Hearst Television. The alignment enables us to continue capitalizing on our regional strength, thereby maximizing our opportunity and presence in New England.”


Before joining WCVB in 2020, Grimes was president and general manager at Hearst owned WGAL in Harrisburg-Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He’s also worked as president and general manager of WPTZ-WNNE and was the duopoly’s news director from 2005 to 2008. In between his two stints at WPTZ-WNNE, he was news director at WPBF, the Hearst ABC affiliate serving West Palm Beach, Florida.

Grimes began his career at Hearst’s California television properties, first at KSBW in the Monterey-Salinas market, and worked later at KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento as a newscast producer.