When he was first named president of Tribune Broadcasting, Larry Wert said his first priority was WPIX, Tribune’s station in New York City. With a new general manager and news director in place at the CW affiliate, we caught up with Wert at the TVNewser Show about his next priority, putting together “a marketing and sales organizations for all of our stations.” We also asked him for his thoughts on Aereo:
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Tribune Broadcasting has named Katherine Green senior vice president of news.
Green will be responsible for all news production and operations across Tribune’s 42 owned or operated stations. She reports to Tribune’s president of broadcast media, Larry Wert.
“Katherine is a visionary leader whose background in local broadcasting and news programming will bring value to our station’s broadcast and digital newsrooms,” Wert said in a statement.
Before coming to Tribune, Green worked for CNN Worldwide where she last worked as SVP and managing editor of HLN.
Green has also worked as VP and news director for WTTG in Washington, DC, and WBAL in Baltimore. She has also worked at WFLA in Tampa, WNBC and WABC in New York, WTVJ in Miami, and WTLV in Jacksonville, FL.
“Greg is a proven leader, both at the head of a station and in the newsroom, and he has a keen understanding of the management and operations of a legacy station with market dominance,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “WGN programs a powerful schedule of news, sports and entertainment for itself and CLTV, with more news than any other Chicago station — I’m confident WGN will continue its growth and success under Greg’s expert guidance.”
“I truly feel like one of the most fortunate broadcasters in the country – to first be a part of a powerhouse legacy station like WJW and work with the great people there, and now to be able to take the next step to WGN, another legacy station with a rich history and a top-ranked news product,” Easterly said.
“Angela is a strategic thinker and a proven sales leader with revenue success across a variety of broadcast, video and digital platforms,” Wert said in a statement. “Her positive energy and drive will be a great addition to our leadership team and she will work closely with Tribune’s new Chief Revenue Officer, Keith Bowen, as Tribune Company continues to advance how we serve our audience.”
Betasso previously worked at Belo Corp (recently acquired by Gannett), where she has been the vice president of sales since 2011.
Tribune Broadcasting has named Devin Johnson SVP and Head of Digital Media.
“Devin has both the vision and the operational experience to help Tribune Broadcasting redefine how we serve our audience,” said Tribune’s president of Broadcast Media Larry Wert. “He is an innovative leader with a record of success and we look forward to having him back in the Tribune family.”
Johnson will be responsible for product development, social media, content, technology and digital sales strategy.
This will be his second stint with Tribune, having started his career with Tribune Interactive. He has also worked for NBC Universal and has served as COO for Studio One Networks. Lately he has been working as a consultant for Chicago start-ups.
Tribune Broadcasting has promoted Marshall Hites to SVP, Marketing and Creative Services.
He will oversee the Creative Services departments at all of Tribune’s 42 owned or operated stations. Hites will report to Tribune president of Broadcast Media Larry Wert and will stay involved in the marketing operations at Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA.
“Marshall has been an outstanding creative leader and television executive for KTLA and the Tribune stations previously under his purview,” Wert said in a statement. “Now that Tribune’s broadcast group has increased in size, we are looking forward to the oversight and expertise he will bring to the station group as a whole.”
Hites started at Tribune in 2011 as VP of Creative Services and Marketing where he oversaw creative at KTLA as well as the station group’s original 23 stations. He has worked at KCAL in Los Angeles, WFTV in Orlando, WFLA in Tampa, KMOL (WOAI) in San Antonio, WJKS (WCWJ) in Jacksonville, and WJBF in Augusta.
He will work out of KTLA.
Clements was formerly the senior vice president of media operations for Belo Corp., which was recently acquired by Gannett. She was general manager of WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, from 1997 to 2007.
“Kathy’s talent, leadership, and broad experience in broadcasting and digital media, is a great fit for our station group,” Wert, the Tribune’s president of broadcast media, said in a statement. “She and Lynda complement each other perfectly and make a great team—I am looking forward to working with them both to find innovative ways of expanding our audience reach on and off the air.”
Lynda King has been named Tribune’s chief operating officer for its broadcasting division. In her new role, which is effective immediately, King will report to Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert.
King was formerly the SVP of operations for Local TV, which was recently acquired by Tribune.
“Lynda’s familiarity with our newly acquired stations, her broad experience in management, operations and sales, and her singular focus on working with our customers and communities will serve us extremely well as we move forward,” Wert said in a statement. “I have gotten to know Lynda while working on the acquisition of her former company and I’m confident she will be a great addition to the leadership team we are building at Tribune Broadcasting.”
Nearly 700 people were laid off from Tribune Co. newspapers Wednesday as the company prepares to reorganize its publishing division, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The layoffs, which did not affect the company’s television stations, come at the end of an eventful year for Tribune. The company emerged from bankruptcy in January with a plan to shift focus to its television stations, naming television executive Peter Ligouri CEO just weeks later. In July, Tribune announced the acquisition of 19 stations from Local TV.
Commenting on today’s news, Ligouri said the company is “organizing around functional lines” and committed to maintaining “best-in-class local journalism.” The publishing division realignment will take effect January 1.
Toni Falvo has been named senior vice president of research for Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins December 9, she will oversee all research functions for Tribune’s stations.
“As Tribune’s growing portfolio of assets provides us with a variety of new opportunities to better analyze and understand the audiences watching our stations, I am confident Toni has the talent, experience and drive required to make a significant impact on our goals,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement.
Falvo comes from WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, where she is the vice president of research, programming and press. She has worked there since 1998.
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