ALUMNUS MOVES UP THE LADDER IN PHILADELPHIA
| by Jacob Amstel, ’13
Alumnus Nicholas Paine controls what the city of Philadelphia watches on television.
Paine, 2002, was promoted in January to executive producer after seven years with WPVI Action News of Philadelphia, an ABC-owned news channel.
He has produced several newscasts since joining Action News in 2005. He started with the 6 a.m. newscast, then moved to the 5 p.m. newscast, and is now doing the 4 p.m. newscast.
In an email announcing the promotion, Thomas David, Action News vice president and news director, said, “Whatever show Nick is producing he always brings energy, creativity and plenty of positive attitude.”
Paine has always been interested in broadcast. “I always loved watching news, and it baffled me how breaking news was presented,” Paine said. “I was very intrigued about the process and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I also like knowing things before everyone else and really enjoy digging to find the truth.”
To work in the TV news industry, Paine said: “You have to be relentless and never give up. You also need thick skin. Often times because of the nature of the immediacy of what we do, there isn’t time for compliments, but only criticisms.”
During all four years of college, Paine worked at BG-24 News. “This gave me the necessary foundation to be ahead of the competition when I graduated,” Paine said. “I owe my career to working at BG-24 News. I think anyone at BGSU who wants to work in TV news and does not take full advantage of BG-24 is missing out.”
Out of college, Paine used his strong work ethic to land a job right after graduation with WTVG in Toledo. “I worked hard, showed dedication, and was offered a producing job when I graduated,” Paine said.
When Paine was hired, Disney/ABC owned WTVG, one of 10 stations owned by the network. “Disney is a company that honors promoting from within,” he said. “I stalked the managers at WPVI in Philadelphia and eventually was asked out on an interview in 2005, and I got the job.”
Paine had no show to produce when he first started at WPVI, but with persistence he received the chance that he wanted. “I pushed for and got the opportunity to produce the weekday morning newscast,” Paine said. “After a few years, I pushed to move up to the 5 p.m. newscast.”
As an executive producer, Paine manages the producers, works with the reporters and is responsible for live breaking news coverage of major events that happen throughout the day.
Paine wants to continue to move up in management and credits his success to his “passion, dedication and loyalty.”