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PROVIDENCE – Former NBC Television News executive Stephen Doerr will become vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WLNE Channel 6 under new owner Global Broadcasting LLC.
The company announced last night that it has hired Doerr - most recently of Dallas-based Audience Research and Development, and previously a news executive with NBC TV in New York - to replace vice president and general manager Roland T. Adeszko and news director Edwin Hart.
It also said that evening news anchor Walter Cryan, a longtime WPRI anchor who came out of retirement in 2004 to join WLNE, had retired on Friday.
Global Broadcasting, which purchased the station from Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom Communications Inc., is a Delaware corporation jointly owned and operated by local media veterans Kevin O’Brien and Robinson Ewert.
In announcing the completion of the sale on Tuesday, the new owners said they would look to enhance the network’s local news coverage, which is handled by a team led by investigative reporter Jim Hummel. WLNE is Global’s first venture, O’Brien said, but he and Ewert plan to try to grow the company into other regions.
The station, which began broadcasting in New Bedford as WTEV-TV in 1963, switched its call letters to WLNE in 1980. Three years later, it was acquired by Freedom and moved its studios to Providence.
Global Broadcasting LLC is a Delaware corporation owned and operated by local media veterans Kevin O’Brien and Robinson Ewert. Additional information about WLNE-TV is available at www.abc6.com.