Valari Staab, president and general manager of KGO-TV ABC7 for the past nine years, is jumping to NBC to become president of its owned and operated stations group, which includes KNTV, according to Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewsCheck.
“Throughout her career in local television she’s had tremendous success growing the businesses she’s worked for and placing a premium on creating quality local news that resonates with viewers,” said Staab’s new boss, NBC Chairman Ted Harbert, in a statement. “She will do an outstanding job building on the great work of our Local Media group as we continue to invest in our stations and establish them as leaders in their markets.”
Staab starts her new job in June. She is replacing John Wallace, who becomes head of NBC Universal Media Works. In addition to the TV stations, Staab will be responsible for NBCU’s local online properities and digital out-of-home division. She will also oversee the local lifestyle programming production company, LX.TV, and the In-house marketing and promotion company, Skycastle Entertainment.