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Wilson Takes Reins at Tribune Stations

Feb 4, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Ed Wilson has been named president of Tribune Broadcasting, overseeing the company’s 23 TV stations (14 of them affiliated with The CW) and Superstation WGN, Tribune Entertainment and WGN Radio. The move is effective Feb. 11.
Mr. Wilson succeeds John Reardon, a 22-year Tribune veteran, who has left the company, a spokesman said Monday after the announcement of Mr. Wilson’s hire.
Mr. Wilson has been Fox Television Network president since 2004. He helped found NBC Enterprises to handle domestic and foreign syndication, co-productions and co-ventures; he was named its first president in 2000. He had been president-CEO of CBS Enterprises and Entertainment before going at NBC.
“There is tremendous upside at Tribune,” Mr. Wilson said in Monday’s announcement. “The company has great stations in large, diverse markets where there is a constant demand for local news, information and entertainment—and that plays to our strength. The combined resources of our TV stations, newspapers and Web sites give us a distinct advantage over our competitors in providing the most reliable, relevant and interesting coverage of local news and events whenever and wherever viewers want it.
“We’ll also be the first big media company that doesn’t take itself too seriously. With Sam Zell in charge, we have a lot of rope to break the rules and do TV differently,” Mr. Wilson said, referring to the real estate billionaire who became Tribune Co. chairman-CEO after buying the media empire for $8.2 billion last year.
Mr. Zell named media maverick Randy Michaels the CEO of Tribune Broadcasting & Interactive.
“Ed is the most energetic and creative executive in broadcasting,” Mr. Michaels said. “Most people are too full of themselves to learn anything new before they ever get to the level of success Ed has achieved. As anyone who has ever been to the bar at a broadcasting convention knows, Ed is a great guy who just happens to come out on top.”

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  1. Discussing this with various former colleagues, we all were in agreement that Ed Wilson was a terrific guy, very smart, and a pleasure to work with. It’s great to see him get this position and he should know that there are many folks out here wishing him the best!

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