Waterman Joins Tribune as President of New Orleans Affils.

Phil Waterman has joined Tribune as president and general manager of WGNO-TV and WNOL-TV, the company’s ABC and CW affiliates in New Orleans, the company announced Monday, Sept. 15.

Since 2006, Waterman has served as group vp for Communications Corporation of America and has served as general manager or station manager for several stations in Baton Rouge since 2004. CCA’s stations in Baton Rouge served as the emergency back-up location for Tribune’s New Orleans duopoly during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

In his new position, Waterman will oversee the launch of two new weekday newscasts on WGNO. His first day with Tribune on Sept. 29 will be marked by the addition of a two-hour morning news broadcast from 5 to 7 a.m. and a 30-minute newscast at 11:30 a.m.

“Waterman’s led as many as eleven stations as group vice president, and worked with virtually every major network during the course of his career. Having been just up the road from New Orleans for the past four years, he’s very familiar with the needs of the community’s viewers and advertisers,” said Ed Wilson, president of Tribune Broadcasting.

Waterman will report to Joseph Young, vp and general manager of KDAF-TV in Dallas, who has oversight responsibility for Tribune’s TV duopoly in New Orleans.