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WTHR general manager dies suddenly

March 9, 2010

Jim Tellus, the 47-year-old general manager of local NBC affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, died suddenly this week.

The television station issued a brief statement this afternoon confirming his death. Spokesman Jeff Dutton said Tellus was supposed to attend WTHR owner Dispatch Broadcast Group’s monthly board meeting Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

His body was discovered in his hotel room, according to locally based TV agent Rick Gevers’ Web site. Authorities believe he died of a heart attack.

Tellus’ colleagues were informed of his death Tuesday afternoon.

“He was a good guy,” Dutton said. “Everyone is in shock.”

Tellus joined WTHR as news director in December 2006 and was named general manager in January 2008.

He came to WTHR from KOMO-TV in Seattle, where he had been news director since November 2001. Before arriving in Seattle, he was news director at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., and at KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kan.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their four children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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