Kirk Black, who led KCTV as its Vice President and General Manager during its “Live, Late-Breaking, Investigative” period in Kansas City, has returned to KC as General Manager at Time Warner Cable Media, an extremely reliable source has informed Bottom Line Communications.
Dave Borchardt, a media spokesman at Time Warner said three weeks ago he “was waiting for HR” to let him know if Black had been hired.
Black was VP & GM at KCTV for eight years before taking a position with WGCL in Atlanta in 2009. He departed Meredith in May of this year for undetermined reasons.
“Kirk Black has resigned to pursue other career opportunities,” a spokesperson for Meredith Corporation told TVSpy. “We are not commenting beyond that.”
At KCTV the station did some ground-breaking journalism during Black’s tenure that catapulted it to the top of the ratings in Kansas City. However, over time the station developed a reputation for over-the-top sensationalism and personnel issues that it has not recovered from even today.
According to TV Spy, Black also served as senior vice president for Meredith’s Local Media Group, a role which included oversight of the company’s national sales operations in Chicago and LA and the company’s eastern hub in Atlanta.
Black has also been general manager of WNEM in Flint, MI, and WIBW in Topeka during his career.