Larry Wert: Hiring a News Director at WPIX is Top Priority

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By Merrill Knox Comment

Larry Wert officially began his job as the president of local broadcasting for Tribune’s 23 stations this week. Wert tells Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder that the vacant news director position at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, is at the top of his to-do list:

Filling the news director job and making a few other adjustments in the largest of the 23 markets Wert oversees is a top priority, he told me Monday, his first official day on the job.

[…] Coming off a 15-year run as president and general manager of NBC 5 — and a decade before that as a top radio station executive in Chicago — Wert, 56, knows he has taken on the biggest challenge of his career. “There’s so much to absorb and so many issues to catch up with, the task is almost overwhelming, but at the same time very exciting,” he said. “In meeting with many of the employees who’ve worked so hard and lived through years of uncertainty, you can feel their enthusiasm for what’s ahead.”

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