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Peter Liguori Named CEO of Tribune Co.

Two weeks after emerging from bankruptcy, Tribune Co. has named Peter Liguori chief executive.

“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.

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