Former Phoenix News Director Resurfaces


Back in August, FTVLive FIRST told you that KNXV News Director Chris Kline had left the station.

Kline is about to resurface and he is staying in Arizona.

The Arizona Broadcasters Association announced that Kline will be the organization’s next President and CEO.

In the role, Kline will serve as chief advocate for Arizona’s 200+ radio and television station members.

Kline will focus on helping member stations identify new business models, changing consumer habits and overall strategies to help the industry thrive.

“There’s literally no medium out there that touches more people in our local communities than broadcast television and radio,” said Kline. “Now is the time to embrace change together, identify new ways to drive revenue and grow our audience bases to take full advantage of our connected society.”

Kline has spent the last 12 years in a variety of roles at ABC15 in Phoenix, most recently as the station’s news and content director, and before that, as digital director.

His new leadership role at the ABA will also include advocating for the group’s membership with both the state and federal government, promoting the broadcasting industry in the Arizona advertising communities, and responding to the evolving needs of member stations with whatever services and programs are necessary to help educate and innovate.

Kline assumes his new role at the ABA in mid-October.