(from WFTS Press Release) – WFTS has named Bill McFarland news director for the Tampa Bay area multimedia news provider. McFarland joins the ABC Action News team from WABC-TV, the ABC owned television station in New York City where he is the assistant news director.
McFarland has held key leadership positions in newsrooms around the country, including New York City, Washington D.C., Hartford, and Philadelphia. He has also lectured at top American universities on topics such as multimedia newsgathering, storytelling for journalists, ethics and news operations. (from WFTS Press Release)
McFarland replaces Doug Culver, who left the station this past June. Assistant News Director Susan D’Astoli has been running the show since Culver’s departure. However, now that the Republican National Convention is over, she is leaving the station to become News Director at KJRH-TV in Tulsa, OK.