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Posts Tagged ‘Marc Chase’

More Exits At Tribune Co. Following Michaels’ Departure

On the heels of Tribune Co. executive Randy Michael‘s much-publicized exit from the company comes news that three of his high-ranking former associates — and members of the headline-inspiring “Clear Channel group” — are doing the same. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Tribune Interactive president Marc Chase, senior vice president and chief operating officer Jeff Kapugi and executive vice president Carolyn Gilbert are all stepping down from their respective positions.

Sources tell the paper that more departures are underway, with former Clear Channel radio traffic reporter John Phillips set to leave his job as the Tribune Tower’s director of facilities, and his wife, Betsy Phillips, leaving her as Tribune Broadcasting’s vice president in sales. If Phillips’ name sounds familiar, it’s likely because the pictures he posted on Facebook of his fellow Tribuners playing poker, drinking and sacrificing adorably tiny lambs* (*possible fabrication) in Tribune Tower’s hallowed inner sanctum have been forever etched into your brain.

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Portfolio Takes Sam Zell to Task for Boob Jokes, Being a Boob

In an open letter to Sam Zell, Portfolio writer Jeff Bercovici implores Zell to hire a speech writer to punch up the “zany” press releases he puts out on the wires.

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“Take this latest release, announcing the hiring of Tim Dukes as vice president of promotions for broadcast and interactive:

Sean Compton, the SVP/programming for our broadcasting division, and I wanted one special person to lead our national promotional efforts online and on-air and to complement the existing product pros at Tribune,” said Marc Chase, Tribune Interactive president. “When that person wasn’t available, we went to Tim instead.”

Really, Sam? A giant conglomerate full of professional writers and producers, and the best you can come up with is material Henny Youngman cut from his bar mitzvah speech?

Jeff goes on…

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Zell Continues To Pour More Thought Into Funny Press Releases Than, Oh, The Press He’s Releasing

laughzell.jpgPer E&P: The Tribune Co. named Marc Chase president of Tribune Interactive with a press release that lives up to the company’s new-found sense of humor (so long as you’re not making fun of Sam Zell, that is).

The press release begins: “Another freaking Clear Channel Communications executive on the payroll and this one’s been named President of Tribune Interactive.”

And it goes on from there in a manner that will likely make employees feel so much better about newsroom job cuts and dwindling resources.

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