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It's now official: John Stone is NBC5's vice president of news


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After serving as interim NBC5 news director since early August, John Stone is now engraved as the Fort Worth-based station’s Vice President of News.

The announcement came late Monday afternoon from NBC5 president and general manager Tom Ehlmann.

“John is an experienced newsroom leader. He is well-respected by our newsroom staff and our station’s management team,” Ehlmann said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing John continue to lead and inspire our already strong news team to do what they do best, which is keep our audiences informed.”

Stone, who joined the station in 2017 from New York’s WABC-TV, had been assistant news director until Mark Ginther was let go in August for undisclosed reasons. He spent 13 years at WABC after earlier working at WBZ-TV and WHDH-TV in Boston, and MSNBC.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a talented and committed group of journalists,” Stone said.

In the early stages of the November “sweeps” ratings period, NBC5’s newscasts are first-place contenders at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., but could just as easily run second or even third at those hours. At 6 a.m., Fox4 has an ironclad grip on first place, with NBC5 in a scramble for the second spot in total viewers but unlikely to finish higher than third among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

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