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Survey says: Local TV power has diminished

The power and influence that local TV anchors and general managers have on the Western New York community apparently is in decline.

At least that's the takeaway from the annual Business First survey of the 250 most powerful people here that was recently released.

For the second straight year, the only television executive on the list is Donald K. Boswell, the president and chief executive officer of WNED-TV and all public broadcasting TV and radio stations in the market. He was listed as No. 92.

That is a notable difference from the 2015 list, which included several television managers and radio and television personalities.

In 2015, Boswell was No. 167, Channel 2 weatherman Kevin O'Connell was No. 178, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner was No. 187. Channel 4 anchor Jacquie Walker was No. 207 and WYRK disc jockey Clay Moden was No. 227.

Of course, the list is highly subjective and primarily includes businessmen, lawyers, politicians and sports figures, most of who make the list annually.

But you would think that one local executive, anchor or personality of a local broadcast station would make the list considering the power and influence that television and television news has on the daily lives of Western New Yorkers.

By the way, three members of the Buffalo News made the 2017 list – publisher and president Warren Colville (24), editor and vice president Michael Connelly (84) and former executive sports editor Lisa Wilson (110), who recently left the paper to become a senior editor for ESPN's "The Undefeated."


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