An eight-year veteran of the CBS affiliate serving Southern Nevada who served as VP of the Las Vegas Executives Association from July 2014 through April 2015 is heading back to the City of Lights.
Chris Way, who spent the last seven months in Omaha as VP/GM for The E.W. Scripps Co.‘s CBS-affiliated KMTV-3, has been appointed VP/GM for ABC affiliate KTNV-13 in Las Vegas.
Way takes on his new duties June 12 and succeeds Jim Prather. Prather was a Journal Broadcast Group veteran who led KTNV for 13 1/2 years. He exited on January 17, ending a lengthy tenure at the company that Scripps acquired. From 1995-2003, Prather was VP/GM of former Journal flagship WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee. He was WTMJ’s News Director from 1991-1995.
For Way, overseeing KTNV will likely tap into his digital media leadership experience. From April 2015 through November 2016, he was based in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles, serving as Director of Business Development (following a role as Director of Client Services) at Lakana.
From 2006-2007, Way was the Chief Technology Officer at The New York Times Broadcast Group, following a three-year stint as the Broadcast Group’s Director of New Media.
Early in his career, Way served as the weather producer for Midwest TV’s KFMB-8 in Las Vegas, working in the role from 1996-1998.
“Since joining KMTV, Chris has made a huge impact in Omaha,” said Debbie Turner, Scripps’ VP of TV station operations. “In a relatively short time, Chris has led efforts to advance the brand and visual presentation of our news product, while rebuilding the station’s sales operation. Chris’s move to Las Vegas is a homecoming. He knows the uniqueness of Vegas and its players. His multifaceted background in operations, news and sales makes him well-equipped to help build on the station’s current success.”
KTNV is known in the Las Vegas market as the home of veteran news anchor Steve Wolford and Chief Investigative Reporter Darcy Spears.
Lana Durban Scott, a Director of News Strategy for Scripps, will serve as interim GM at KMTV until the company announces his permanent replacement.