Grimes Grabs The Reins At Hearst Television’s Flagship Property


On May 14, RBR+TVBR shared the news that Bill Fine would be concluding his exceptional career in television broadcasting at the end of June. Fine will retire as President/GM of WCVB-5 in Boston, considered by Hearst Television to be its flagship property.

Fine was only the fourth President and GM of WCVB since its 1972 sign-on.

The fifth President/GM for WCVB will now start his duties July 1. And, he’s coming from Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country.

Succeeding Fine in Boston is Kyle Grimes.

Grimes has been President/GM of WGAL-8, serving the Lancaster-Harrisburg-York, Pa., market, since 2016.

“Kyle’s career path, and his repeated success at every assignment — most recently at one of America’s iconic market-leading television stations — has prepared him exceptionally well to succeed Bill,” said Hearst TV President Jordan Wertlieb. “Kyle shares Bill’s passion for broadcasting and the mission of local journalism and community service. I know WCVB will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

Grimes’s successor at WGAL will be announced at a later date.

His appointment at WCVB was met with approval by the man he’s succeeding.

“I have closely followed Kyle since he became general manager at the same station where I started my broadcasting career,” Fine said. “It is clear to me that he brings the necessary qualities to lead this great television station. I look forward to working with Kyle over the next few months as I transition from general manager to loyal viewer and alum.”

Grimes began his career at Hearst-owned KSBW-8 in Monterey-Salinas, Calif. Hes also served as News Director of WPTZ-5 and WNNE-TV, the NBC and CW affiliates, respectively, serving the Plattsburgh, N.Y./Burlington, Vt., market.

He has also been ND for WPBF-25 in West Palm Beach, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in the market, and early in his career served as a newscast producer at Hearst’s KCRA-3 and KQCA-TV in Sacramento.