“Peter is the ideal choice to be Tribune’s next Chief Executive Officer,” Bruce Karsh, chairman of the board, said in a statement. “He has the talent and experience to lead the company forward, and has a track record of success. The Board has every confidence in him.”
Liguori was most recently COO of Discovery Communications. He is a former chairman of entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company and president and CEO of News Corp.’s FX Networks.
“Tribune is a great company with an incredible collection of media assets, iconic brands in major markets across the country, tremendous journalism, and very talented people,” said Liguori said in a statement. “Collectively, the company’s digital operations, broadcast outlets and newspapers are some of the best in the country. In many ways, Tribune is like a 165-year old start-up—there is a lot to build upon.”
Tribune is expected to focus on building its television operations going forward. The company currently owns 23 stations.
Watch Tribune-owned WGN’s report on Liguori’s appointment after the jump.