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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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Steve Farber Named Acting General Manager of WGN

After today’s general manager shake-up in the Chicago market, Tribune Broadcasting has moved swiftly to fill the role left vacant by departing WGN general manager Marty Wilke.

Steve Farber will take over immediately as acting general manager of the Chicago CW affiliate. He is the current vice president of programming operations for Tribune. Farber steered the integration of WGN and CLTV, Tribune’s 24-hour cable news operation in Chicago, as the channel’s vice president of operations in 2009.

“Steve Farber is the perfect choice to step in now and lead the talented people at WGN-TV,” Tribune president Nils Larsen said in a statement.  “He’s very familiar with the station’s staff and operations and can assume his new responsibilities without missing a beat.” Read more

Tribune Broadcasting, DirecTV Reach Five-Year Deal

Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV announced they have reached a new carriage agreement, ending a four-day blackout of Tribune’s stations for DirecTV subscribers.

Service was restored for Tribune’s 19 stations on DirecTV late last night. Terms of the five-year deal were not disclosed.

“On behalf of Tribune Broadcasting, I want to thank viewers across all of our markets for their support, understanding and patience during the negotiating process—we truly regret the service interruptions of the last several days,” Tribune president Nils Larsen said in a statement.

Tribune Broadcasting Stations Go Dark on DirecTV

Tribune Broadcasting stations have gone dark for DirecTV subscribers after the two parties failed to come to a carriage agreement over the weekend.

“This situation is extremely unfortunate,” Tribune president Nils Larsen said in a statement. “We don’t want anyone to lose the valuable programming we provide, but we simply cannot get fair compensation from DirecTV and we cannot allow DirecTV to continue taking advantage of us.”

DirecTV called Tribune’s actions “the true definition of ‘bad faith,’” saying it had a handshake deal with Tribune on Thursday. The company linked Tribune’s actions to its ongoing financial troubles. Read more

Robert Furlong Named VP-GM at Tribune’s WPMT

Robert Furlong has been named vice president and general manager of Tribune’s WPMT, a Fox-affiliate in Harrisburg, PA.

“Bob has the talent and experience we need to achieve continued success in Harrisburg,” said Nils Larsen, Tribune Broadcasting’s CEO, in announcing the move. “He’s been successful at growing ratings and revenues against tough competition, he understands the importance of developing a strong online and mobile presence, and he knows the vital role that WPMT-TV plays in the community.”

Furlong comes to WPMT from VCI Solutions, a provider of software to the cable and broadcast TV industries, where he has served as CEO and president since last spring. Before joining VCI, Furlong held the VP-GM post at a handful of stations across the country, including KUTP in Phoenix and WCGV in Milwaukee.

“WPMT has been expanding news, growing ratings and constantly looking for new ways of serving its viewers, advertisers and the community,” Furlong said in a press release. “There is a lot of opportunity to build on this very solid foundation—-I am looking forward to leading this talented group of broadcasters.”

Tribune’s Appointment of Nils Larsen to Broadcasting CEO Leaves Many ‘Scratching Their Heads’

Tribune Co. announced a significant change to the management structure of its broadcasting operations this week, eliminating the president position held by Jerry Kersting for the past year and appointing Nils Larsen (right), the current executive chairman of broadcasting, to CEO of the division.

In announcing the shakeup, newly appointed Tribune CEO Eddy Hartenstein said that Larsen was “the right person to lead our broadcasting operations.” But Chicago media reporter Robert Feder points out that Larsen, whose resume is lacking any real experience in broadcasting, can hardly be considered an ideal candidate for the position outside of the fact that he is one of Sam Zell‘s longtime cronies.

“He’s someone who grew up in Sam’s environment and made a lot of money for him, but I don’t know how he sold himself as the right person to lead a group of television stations and a radio station,” a former colleague told Feder. “A lot of general managers who’ve been career broadcasters for 30 or 40 years must be scratching their heads.” Read more