Dennis Smith, a 45-year veteran of broadcast news, is
retiring from his news director position at WLBT Jackson. He's been news
director at the station since 1989. Feb. 28 is his last day.
WLBT has gone from 11 hours of news a week to 47 Â½ during
Smith's 35 years at the station, notes Dan Modisett, vice president and general
manager. Prior to being news director, his roles included investigative reporter
and assignment editor.
"Under Dennis' leadership WLBT has been the consistent
news leader in the Jackson market," Modisett said in a memo.
"Although we will all miss, Dennis he has worked hard his entire career
and has earned the opportunity to enjoy more time with his family and his many
WLBT is a Raycom-owned NBC affiliate in DMA No. 93. It is
the revenue leader, according to BIA/Kelsey.
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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.