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WGN Names Mike Frydman National/Regional Sales Manager

wgn-logoMike Frydman has been named national/regional sales manager at Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Frydman joined the Tribune-owned station in 2006 as an account executive. Prior to that, he was an account executive at CBS Station Sales.

“His National background and eight years of success at WGN-TV as one of the senior AE’s will be a great factor in the growth of this position,” Errol Gerber, WGN director of sales, said in a statement. “Mike will work closely with national sales manager Robert Breen to develop a great national “one-two” punch.”

Frydman’s new position is effective September 29.

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Katherine Green Named SVP of News for Tribune

tribune_304Tribune 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.

Tribune Names Devin Johnson Head of Digital Media

tribune_304Tribune 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.

Marshall Hites to Lead Creative Services for All Tribune Stations

tribune_304Tribune 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.

FCC OKs Tribune’s $2.735 Billion Buy of Local TV

tribune_304In addition to approving Gannett’s purchase of Belo, The FCC also gave the OK for Tribune Company to assume control of broadcast licenses held by subsidiaries of Local TV Holdings paving the way for Tribune to acquire 19 of Local TV’s stations in 16 markets.

“On behalf of thousands of Tribune and Local TV employees across the country, I want to thank the Commission for reaching this decision; we are extremely pleased to move forward with the transaction,” Peter Liguori, Tribune’s President and CEO said in a statement.

As part of the deal, the licenses of WNEP in Wilkes-Barre, PA, WTKR and WGNT in Norfolk, VA, will be will be transferred to Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, LLC, which is owned by Ed Wilson former president of Tribune Broadcasting.

The deal creates the largest combined independent broadcast group and content creator in the US.

Tribune included a handy map of its local TV properties on its website. You can see it after the jump. Read more

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.

WXIN General Manager Moves to Rival WTHR

Dispatch Broadcast Group has named Larry Delia president and general manager of WTHR-WALV in Indianapolis. Delia comes from rival WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2011.

“Larry is a highly respected broadcaster, with years of experience in skillfully managing high performance television stations,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement. “His knowledge of the Indianapolis market is a wonderful asset, and I couldn’t be happier that he will be joining our station in Indianapolis.”

Before joining WXIN, Delia worked as VP-GM of WPMT in Harrisburg and WGNO in New Orleans.

Delia succeeds John Cardenas, who was recently promoted to president-GM of WBNS and vice president of news for Dispatch. More in the full press release 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.

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

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