Barrett was named CEO of Hearst-Argyle Television in 2001 and continued in that role when the company was re-named Hearst Television in 2009. He joined Hearst as general manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations in 1984.
In a statement announcing the promotions, Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. called Barrett “an important leader at Hearst.”
“I congratulate him on his new role as chairman and look forward to his continued stewardship of the expansion and success of Hearst Television,” he said.
Wertlieb is also a Hearst veteran, joining the company in 1993 as national sales manager of WCVB in Boston. He went on to be president and general manager of WBAL in Baltimore before he was named executive vice president of Hearst Television in 2011.
“For almost 20 years, Jordan Wertlieb has been an outstanding Hearst Television executive—something I know will continue in his new role as president,” Barrett said in a statement. “This was a tremendous year of growth in terms of revenue and I look forward to working with Jordan to keep that momentum going.”