Orlando news vet Bill Bauman has retired from his general manager post at WESH Orlando, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Hearst-Argyle is expected to name a successor early next year.
"I think 10 and a half years is a long time in these jobs," Bauman told reporter Hal Boedeker. "It’s a timing issue, more than anything. WESH and WKCF deserve new leadership."
There’s a funny quote from WKMG boss Henry Maldonado about their rivalry: "The market has had fun with us being adversaries. Bauman has always been one of those people it’s enjoyable to compete with. He’s a good guy. As a competitor, he can be a real pain."
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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