Veteran broadcast TV engineer Mike Keller is retiring after 25 years with Hearst Television at the end of 2017.
In preparation for Keller’s departure, it’s already promoted someone from within to serve as its next Director of Engineering for the Eastern Region.
Stefan Hadl takes the role after most recently serving as Director of Engineering and Operations of Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, WCVB-5.
Hadl will continue to be based at WCVB; his successor as the station’s director of engineering will be named at a later date.
Hadl jointly reports to Hearst TV President Jordan Wertlieb and corporate VP/Engineering Marty Faubell.
“Stefan’s outstanding leadership has been evident in every assignment throughout his many years with Hearst Television and has uniquely positioned him for this next assignment,” Wertlieb said. “He is an exceptional leader with a stellar reputation for building teams. His engineering insight, leadership style, and contagious enthusiasm are a terrific addition to our best-in-class corporate engineering team.”
Faubell added, “Stefan has been a key member of our engineering team and has served in important roles at three major Hearst TV stations. He was instrumental in our company’s role in the successful digital TV transition among other developments. And throughout his career here he has met and conquered many of the challenges that face engineers tasked with maintaining a high-quality broadcast TV service through every manner of natural and man-made obstacle.”
Hadl joined Hearst Television in 1995 as a broadcast engineer at what later became the company’s Sacramento duopoly, KCRA-TV & KQCA-TV. He was promoted to numerous positions there, including Engineering Supervisor and Asst. Chief Engineer.
After a three-and-a-half year stint as Director/Engineering at Hearst Television’s WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., he returned to Sacramento for similar duties.
He joined WCVB in 2015.