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Tribune Lays Off Nearly 700 in Reorganization of Publishing Division

Tribune_buildingNearly 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.

Tribune also installed Larry Wert as president of local broadcasting. Wert has made a number of changes at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

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 Joins Tribune Broadcasting as SVP of Research

tribune broadcastingToni 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.

More from Tribune after the jump. Read more

Rich Graziano Named President, GM of WPIX

WPIX_logoRich Graziano has been named president and general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. His appointment is effective immediately.

It is a move within Tribune for Graziano, who previously led the company’s Hartford properties. He has been president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT since 2005 and publisher, president and CEO of The Hartford Courant since 2009.

At WPIX, he replaces Eric Meyrowitz, who left the station last week.

“Rich is a skilled and innovative leader who has achieved great success in managing large-scale media operations and delivering results for viewers, advertisers and the community,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement. “We’ve made a number of changes at WPIX, both on-the-air and in the management ranks—the station is gaining momentum. Rich is the perfect addition to lead the new team we’ve assembled.”

More from Tribune after the jump. Read more

General Manager Eric Meyrowitz Out at WPIX

WPIX_logoWPIX vice president and general manager Eric Meyrowitz is out at Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. A station spokesperson confirms to TVSpy that Meyrowitz’s departure was announced this morning by Tribune local broadcasting president Larry Wert.

News of Meyrowitz’s departure was first reported by TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash.

Meyrowitz has been at the helm of WPIX for three years, moving to New York in 2011 from WDCW in Washington, D.C. A replacement has yet to be named at WPIX, according to a station spokesperson.

Tribune SVP of Local Media Departs

SteveCharlierSteve Charlier, senior vice president of local media for Tribune Broadcasting has left the company.

Robert Feder reports Charlier is leaving to launch a multi-platform media company. “That means I can finally experiment with some of my ‘less than traditional ideas’ as an entrepreneur,” Charlier told Feder.

This is the second move within Tribune this month. Last week Larry Wert, who was named president of broadcast media for Tribune in February, appointed Steve Farber senior vice president of operations for the company.

Charlier started at Tribune in 2008 as SVP of news and operations. Before coming to Tribune, he was vice president and news director at KOVR and KMAX in Sacramento, CA.

After a Year as Acting GM of WGN, Steve Farber Named SVP of Operations for Tribune

steve farberSteve Farber, who was appointed acting general manager of Tribune Broadcasting’s flagship station WGN last year, has been named senior vice president of operations at Tribune, Chicago media reporter Robert Feder reports:

Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcast Media, announced Wednesday that he has appointed Farber senior vice president/operations, overseeing the company’s digital networks, Antenna TV and THIS-TV, and “The Bill Cunningham Show” in syndication. Before he was named acting general manager of WGN in September 2012, Farber had been vice president of programming operations for Tribune Broadcasting.

Few expected Farber to get the top job permanently when he was tapped by Wert’s predecessor to step in for Marty Wilke, who left to become president and general manager of CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2.

Wert, who took over as president of Tribune’s expanding station group last February, has ties to numerous past and present broadcast executives who no doubt would jump at an offer to run the company’s flagship in Chicago. No word on a time frame for filling the vacancy.

The Chicago Tribune reports Farber will continue as acting general manager at WGN until a successor is named.

Joe Young to Retire as KDAF General Manager

CW33Tribune Broadcasting has announced Joe Young will retire from KDAF after serving as vice president and general manager of the Dallas CW station since 1995.

Young oversaw the launch of the station’s first prime-time newscast in 1999 and the creation of the CW33 Kids Fund which has raised millions of dollars for kids in need.

“Joe’s done a great job at KDAF and we will miss his incredible passion and enthusiasm,” Tribune Broadcasting’s president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement. “His leadership has served the station and the community well, and he should be proud of everything he’s accomplished.”

Young started his 40 year career working in sales at KDNL and KPLR in St. Louis. He then served in sales management positions for Telerep and Kansas State Network. Before moving to KDAF, Young was the VP and GM of WXIN in Indianapolis for ten years.

“It’s been a great ride,” said Young whose last day will be October 11. “I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished at KDAF-TV and grateful for being given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful team here in Dallas. I’m going to miss interacting with the talented professionals across Tribune, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

Paul Rennie Named GM of WXIN-WTTV

Paul Rennie has been named vice president and general manager of WXIN-WTTV, the Fox and CW affiliates in Indianapolis. It is a move within Tribune for Rennie, who has been general sales manager of KCPQ-KZJO in Seattle since 2004.

“Paul brings significant industry experience, including time spent in Indy, and he understands the variety of opportunities and challenges generated by a major-market duopoly,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement.  “He is a strategic and innovative thinker whom people trust and enjoy—Paul is the perfect fit for Indy.”

Before joining Tribune, Rennie oversaw the sales department for WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis. At WXIN, he replaces Larry Delia, who joined rival WTHR earlier this year.

“I’m happy to be returning to Indianapolis, which is a great market that offers a lot of opportunity,” Rennie said. More in Tribune’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

WPIX Names Mark Effron News Director

Mark Effron has been named vice president and news director of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

Effron is the former vice president of news and daytime programming at MSNBC. He has also worked for the Post-Newsweek stations, holding leadership roles at WFSB in Hartford and WDIV in Detroit. Most recently, he was the general manager and executive producer of “The Takeaway,” a show produced by WNYC Radio and Public Radio International.

“Mark’s expertise, leadership skills and successful record of news expansion and ratings growth make him the perfect fit to lead and revitalize our newsroom in New York,” president of Tribune Broadcasting Larry Wert said in a statement.

Effron begins at WPIX on April 17. He replaces Bill Carey, who stepped down in October.

“I’ve been watching Channel 11 ever since I was a kid growing up on Loring Place in the Bronx; I started with cartoons and then became enamored with the news and I can’t wait to help create the next generation of great PIX11 newscasts: news by and for people who love this place, even as we affirm our right to complain about the noise, the crowds and the prices,” Effron said in a statement.

Broadcasting Division CEO Nils Larsen Out at Tribune

Broadcasting division CEO Nils Larsen has left Tribune Co., according to Chicagoland Radio and Media.

Larsen joined the company’s senior leadership team in 2008 and was named chief investment officer in 2009. He was named president and CEO of Tribune Broadcasting Company in 2011.

Tribune exited bankruptcy in December. Earlier this year, Tribune appointed Peter Ligouri as CEO and Larry Wert as president of local broadcasting of the company. [h/t Broadcasting & Cable]

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