People familiar with his thinking said Liguori wanted to rebrand the station, which is currently available in about 75 million homes, according to SNL Kagan, an industry consulting firm.
"WGN is a unique asset with unique distribution," Ridge said. "Over time, WGN could return handsomely on their investment."
Liguori will face challenges beyond the television stations at Tribune. He must manage the varying agendas of the three major shareholders, who may have different investment strategies and timetables for exiting the company. People who have worked with Liguori say he is up to that task.