Con Psarras, a veteran television journalist and news director for Mormon Church-owned KSL television and radio, will become the station's head of editorial and special projects, part of a management shift officials say reflects a changing landscape in broadcast news.
Psarras, who was head of KSL news for eight years, was named vice president of editorials and special projects, while Tanya Vea, the former news director at KSL rival KUTV Channel 2, was named KSL's executive vice president of news and cross-platform development.
Vea will be in charge of the news departments for both KSL TV and radio, as well as continue to develop new ideas for all of KSL's media platforms.
"Our goal is to do more depth and more long-form journalism and tackle issues in a big way," said Psarras of his new position. He was KSL's investigative reporter for 10 years before becoming news director.
For four years, Vea was formerly KUTV's news director before she quit to work at a Salt Lake City advertising agency. She was hired by KSL late last year to be head of program development for the broadcast house.
Both Vea and Psarras say the management restructuring is part of a plan by Deseret Management Corp., which runs KSL and the Deseret News, to streamline operations while enhancing their news gathering.
Last fall, Deseret News laid off 43 percent of its staff, including reporters, photographers and copy editors, and moved the remaining employees into the KSL newsroom at the Triad Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
This convergence of newsrooms, both owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an attempt to operate more efficiently in the face of declining newspaper readership and local television news viewers across the country.
Additionally, KSL, which had ruled the ratings roost for decades in the local TV market, was tied for the lead with KUTV in November's nighttime news ratings.
"The goal is how to take these businesses that are in trouble all over the country and redefine them and build something that is forward-looking instead of backword-looking," Vea said of the restructuring of KSL and the Deseret News.
Both managers will report to Mark Willes, president and chief executive of Deseret Management Corp.