Monday, May 14, 2007

Director's Alert: Gannett Broadcast CEO to Retire

Roger Ogden, the man who helped change the face of television news, is retiring from the Gannett Co., owner of WKYC-TV.

Most recently, Ogden, 62, was the president and CEO of Gannett's broadcast division - a title he assumed in July 2005 after leaving his 9 year post as President and General Manager at KUSA in Denver.

Ogden, who drove two Denver news operations to the top of the TV ratings during a 22-year career, announced in McLean, Va., that he'll retire on July 2.

Locally, Ogden has been key in Channel 3's sucess...working tirelessly with WKYC Vice President and General Manager Brooke Spectorsky to get the station to where it is today. He was actively involved with representing the affiliates to NBC and helping jump start the first, all digital TV channel called "NBC Weather Plus."

Ogden joined KUSA-Channel 9 (then called KBTV) in 1967, and had a brief stay in Louisville, Ky., before returning in 1981 to become general manager at KCNC-Channel 4. Once again, he rejoined KUSA until his promotion in 2005.

In March 2006, he added the title of senior vice president of design, innovation and strategy at Gannett. Last year, he engineered Gannett's purchase of KTVD-Channel 20 in Denver.

In a Gannett press release, he said, "I've always said I'll know when it's time and that time has come."