Last night at around 4PM, the news broke that Lane Michaelsen has been named the new news director at WTVJ, NBC6. The fact that we didn’t find out about this weeks ago just goes to show you that it was sealed pretty tightly. Michaelsen comes from WUSA in DC. This article appeared in here TV NewsCheck:
“Lane Michaelsen is joining local NBC O&O WTVJ Miami (DMA 16) as its vice president news and content. Lane fills the role left vacant when Yvette Miley was promoted to MSNBC in New York earlier this year.
Michaelsen joins the station from his position as vice president of the information center at Gannett’s WUSA Washington. While at WUSA, and during his tenure with Gannett Broadcasting, he had oversight of multiple stations’ news operations, co-created and executed the company’s journalists in the United States and England, and implemented change in the focus of all news platforms.”
Shocking fact here: he has an inside connection at WTVJ. Ardyth Diercks, the current WTVJ general manager, apparently had worked with Michaelson at Gannett earlier (almost 10 years ago) in her career.