It is a return to D.C. for the longtime Fox executive, who worked at WTTG-WDCA as vice president and general sales manager earlier in his career. He has also been VP-GM for WTXF in Philadelphia and VP and director of sales for WNYW-WWOR in New York City. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Fox Station Sales.
“Patrick has done a stellar job in leading our FSS sales team. His past success as a General Manager make him the ideal choice as we look to grow WTTG’s position in the DC market,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement.
The full press release from Fox is after the jump.
NEW YORK – Patrick Paolini has been named Vice President and General Manager of the FOX-owned Washington, D.C. duopoly, announced Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer of FOX Television Stations. Paolini will be responsible for overseeing the stations’ business and operations.
In making the announcement, Abernethy stated, “Patrick has done a stellar job in leading our FSS sales team. His past success as a General Manager make him the ideal choice as we look to grow WTTG’s position in the DC market.”
Most recently, Patrick served as Senior Vice President of FOX Stations Sales. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager for WTXF FOX 29 in Philadelphia, a position he held for two years. Previously, he was Vice President and Director of Sales at WNYW FOX 5 and WWOR My9, the FOX owned-and-operated duopoly in New York. His earlier FTS positions include six years as Vice President and General Sales Manager for WTTG FOX 5 and WDCA My20 in Washington, D.C. and one year as Vice President and General Sales Manager for WTVT FOX 13 in Tampa. Before that, Paolini spent more than three years with LIN TV, first as National Sales Manager for WTNH-TV in Hartford/New Haven, CT and later as General Sales Manager for WIVB-TV in Buffalo, NY.
Paolini added, “Getting the opportunity to return to DC and lead our FOX duopoly is a dream come true. I look forward to returning home and bringing both stations continued success and growth.”
A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Paolini holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing.