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WTHR names new general manager

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WTHR-TV Channel 13 has chosen a new general manager, the local NBC affiliate announced Wednesday.

John Cardenas, news director at WBNS-TV Channel 10 in Columbus, Ohio, will assume his new duties June 1. Both WTHR and WBNS are owned by the Columbus-based Dispatch Broadcast Group.

He takes over for Jim Tellus, who died suddenly in early March. Tellus replaced Rich Pegram, who was fired in a dispute with management.

“As we looked around the country at potential general managers, we quickly realized that we had one of the highest-caliber candidates at our own Columbus station,” Dispatch CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a prepared statement.

Cardenas is an Emmy award-winning journalist with 23 years experience in broadcast journalism, including 11 years as WBNS news director. In 2008, WBNS won the national Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscast in the country.

He previously served as news director at a television station in Phoenix and in other news management positions at stations in San Diego and Norfolk, Va.

Cardenas was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children.
 

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