Top two sacked at Channel 6

More of the same at Rhode Island's traditional third-place ratings laggard. GM Roland Adeszko and news director Edwin Hart (who hired the mighty Jack White at Channel 12) have received their walking papers.

From the AP and BeloBlog:

The general manager and news director of WLNE-TV have been replaced and veteran anchor Walter Cryan has retired as new owners try to revive the station's flagging newscasts, a station spokesman said today.

The ABC affiliate has been a perennial loser in the news ratings in Providence, lagging behind WJAR and WPRI.

Providence-based Global Broadcasting announced in the spring it would buy WLNE from Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom Communications. That deal closed Tuesday, station spokesman Jason Nye said.

"Their main goal is in improving the news product," he said.

-- The Associated Press

The new owners hired Stephen Doerr in the dual role as general manager and news director. Doerr, 46, replaces General Manager Roland T. Adeszko and News Director Edwin Hart, Nye said.

Doerr most recently ran a consulting firm out of Cleveland, DSW Media. Before that he was senior vice president of news programming and creative development for NBC in New York, a position he left in 2002, Nye said. He also has worked at KXAS in Dallas and WWRC in Washington.

Cryan retired Friday, Nye said. He came out of a four-year retirement in 2004 to take over the evening anchor spot at WLNE. Before that he was an anchor for 35 years at WPRI.

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