Monsignor out as g.m. at KMBH in Harlingen, Texas

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Monsignor Pedro Briseño, the controversial g.m. of dual licensee KMBH in Harlingen, Texas, (Current, March 16, 2009 and May 1, 2008) has been reassigned to full-time parish work, local TV station KGBT is reporting. The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville owns the station. Bishop Daniel Flores, recently installed in the diocese, told the station’s staff this morning, saying regional growth of the Catholic Church requires more clergy in churches. Former KMBH Chief Engineer John Ross will be interim g.m. while the board searches for a replacement. KMBH’s ongoing problems — ousted board members, a pledge drive with six callers — prompted a push by a local group to establish another radio station. Complaints that it was not meeting requirements for federal funding resulted in a CPB audit of grants in fiscal 2007 and ’08, as Current reported in October..

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