Tribune Shakes Up Management Ranks

Tribune continues to remake its management ranks, announcing late Thursday (July 31) a reorganization in its broadcasting division.

The company also named a single executive, Steve Charlier to head news as senior vp of news and operations for the broadcast management company formed late last year by Tribune Broadcasting and Local TV LLC.

Charlier was most recently senior vp, news, product and operations for Local TV LLC, a post he took on in February from vp and news director for KOVR and KMAX, CBS Television’s duopoly in Sacramento.

In his new position, Charlier will be responsible for overseeing all news production and news operations for the station groups of both companies, and the launch on Friday (August 1) of a four-hour morning show at KSWB-TV, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in San Diego.

“Between Tribune and Local TV, we’re aggressively expanding local news programming in 15 markets,” said Ed Wilson, president of Tribune Broadcasting. “[The show in San Diego] will be unlike anything currently on TV.”

Three Tribune broadcast executives were promoted as part of a revamping of Tribune Broadcasting, creating two new management groups.

Ray Schonbak was promoted to executive vp to oversee the company’s FOX TV affiliates in San Diego, Seattle, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Harrisburg, Penn., and the company’s CW affiliate in Portland Ore., from vp and general manager of KSWB.

“By bringing together our Fox affiliates together as a group, we can capitalize on the strength and resources of the country’s No. 1 television network,” Schonbak said. “This arrangement allows us to better coordinate the sharing of news and sports content, graphics, and innovative programming in order to ensure future growth and success.”

To head up Tribune’s east coast stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Conn., Richard Graziano was promoted to senior vp, in addition to his responsibilities as vp and general manager of Tribune’s duopoly in Hartford, Conn.

Betty Ellen Berlamino was promoted to president of WPIX-TV in New York, from vp and general manager.

Berlamino, Schonbak and Graziano report directly to Wilson, as will the general managers at the company’s TV stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. Tribune’s stations in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Denver and St. Louis will continue to report to John Vitanovec, executive vp of Tribune Broadcasting.