Michael Neelly Named WDSU New Orleans President/General Manager

Michael Neelly, president and general manager of WDSU New Orleans
Michael L. Neelly (Image credit: WAPT/Hearst TV)

Michael L. Neelly, president and general manager of WAPT Jackson, Mississippi, has been named president and general manager of WDSU New Orleans. Both stations are owned by Hearst Television.

Neelly starts immediately. He succeeds Joel Vilmenay atop WDSU, with Vilmenay named general manager of CBS’s stations in Los Angeles.

Neelly has been the general manager at WAPT since 2016. Before that, he was news director at WLKY Louisville and WLWT Cincinnati.

“Mike has done outstanding work at WAPT, leading the station in making significant contributions to the local community,” said Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television president. “New Orleans is an extraordinary television market with an audience that appreciates a commitment to impactful local journalism. Mike brings a great depth of experience and a proven record of success to the role. He and the WDSU team are well positioned to grow the station to new heights.”

Prior to joining Hearst TV, Neelly was an executive producer at stations in Fort Myers, Florida and Portland, Maine.  

WAPT has not named a new general manager.

Michael Malone

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.