- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Darryll J. Green joined WUSA-TV (Channel 9) as president and general manager yesterday, becoming the CBS affiliate’s seventh chief since Gannett Co. Inc. took it over in February 1986.

Mr. Green replaces Ardyth R. Diercks, who stepped down July 25 to run the NBC station in Miami.

“This is an exciting town to work in as far as news goes,” said Mr. Green, who previously ran a Gannett station in Buffalo, N.Y. He said he has not determined what his goals will be at WUSA, but he plans to meet with staffers in the next few days to discuss their needs.

Mr. Green, a former accountant, joined Gannett’s internal audit department 20 years ago. He then worked in the company’s radio division until March 1997, when he became a vice president at the Buffalo station. Gannett made him the station’s president and general manager in April 1999.

In 2001, the company named him manager of the year.

Mr. Green is a native of Rochester, N.Y., and is a certified public accountant in the state. He said his wife, a graduate of American University, is looking forward to relocating to the Washington area.

“He is a caring and committed leader and we are confident Darryll will achieve great results at WUSA,” Craig A. Dubow, president and chief executive officer of Gannett Broadcasting, said in a statement. A company spokeswoman said Mr. Dubow had no further comment.

Mr. Green arrives as WUSA is preparing to introduce a 7 p.m. weeknight newscast, on Sept. 8, the first for a broadcast station in the Washington area. The station has made some ratings gains in recent years, but it has failed to reclaim the local news crown from rival WRC-TV (Channel 4), an NBC affiliate.

Mr. Green’s appointment was announced a few days after WUSA News Director David Roberts reshuffled the station’s news producers. The new assignments: Ben Brodsky, 11 p.m. newscast; George Noleff, 6 p.m. newscast; Nicole Jackson, noon newscast; Christina Hudson, 9 a.m. newscast and Jessica Glasser, 5 a.m. newscast.

Charlie Norton, a 13-year WRC veteran, joined WUSA this week as executive producer of the evening newscasts. Holly Sheppard, who was announced in June as producer of the 11 p.m. news, will become executive producer of the morning shows instead, starting Monday.

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