WBAL-TV (Channel 11) has a new man running its newsroom. News director Tom Hauff resigned and was replaced yesterday by associate news director David Roberts, according Phil Stolz, the station's general manager.
"Tom resigned to pursue other career opportunities," Stolz said. "It was a simple matter of him leaving to do other things."
Hauff, 47, came to the station in February 1990, from KJRH-TV in Tulsa. He came to a troubled newsroom that was suffering ratings and personnel losses and was headed for more change before it would start to make any ratings headway. Channel 11 is still third among the local affiliates of the three traditional networks.
Roberts, 35, has been at Channel 11 as associate news director since September. He came from WDTN-TV in Dayton where he was news director. Both WDTN and Channel 11 are owned by Hearst Broadcasting. Stolz worked as general manager at the Dayton station before joining Channel 11. Since Roberts' arrival at Channel 11, there has been speculation that he would replace Hauff.
Roberts has a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Michigan State University. In Dayton, he served on the board of the Urban League. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
"David is one of the most creative and innovative news managers in the business," Stolz said, "and we are optimistic about our future with him."
"I strongly believe that WBAL-TV is undergoing a positive evolution that will result in it being the station to turned to for news," Roberts said. "And I'm happy to note that the nucleus for doing that is in place."
Hauff could be reached for comment yesterday.