June 20, 2006 |
People who admire Dennis J. FitzSimons say he works like an ox, is dead honest, inspires deep loyalty in the people around him and, when pushed, will fight. His critics say that, in addition, the chairman and chief executive of Tribune Co. can be self-confident to the point of arrogance and touchy about being challenged. Some doubt his strategic vision and, as the first Tribune chief to rise through the broadcast division, his "feel" for newspapers.
April 5, 2012 |
Tribune Co. television stations, including KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles, are coming back to satellite broadcaster DirecTV. After a very public feud, DirecTV reached a five-year agreement late Wednesday to pay Tribune to carry its 23 local television stations around the country and its national cable channel WGN America. With more than 19 million subscribers, DirecTV is the second-largest pay-TV operator, behind Comcast Corp. It has a market share of around 20% in Los Angeles.
May 10, 2008 |
The CW television network, looking to fix a longtime weak spot in its schedule, said Friday it would farm out Sunday night to independent production studio Media Rights Capital. The deal would enable the money-losing CW to save programming costs and focus on its weeknight lineup aimed at 18- to 34-year-old females, with such glossy shows as "America's Next Top Model," "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill." At the same time, however, the move could also broaden the network's Sunday audience because Media Rights Capital plans to aim its new shows at the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
January 25, 2006 |
The alphabet-soup merger of UPN and the WB spells a solid victory for one local station and a resounding defeat for another. The big winner in the Los Angeles area when the CW network debuts this fall is KTLA-TV Channel 5, which will be able to cherry-pick the best shows from the former UPN and its current WB prime-time lineups while losing a key competitor for the 18-to-34-year-old urban demographic group.
May 5, 1989 |
The National Hispanic Media Coalition joined forces this week with the National Puerto Rican Forum to file negative comments against two New York TV stations that are up for federal license renewals. The coalition, a Los Angeles-based umbrella group, and the New York-based forum singled out WNET Channel 13, a PBS station, and WPIX Channel 11, a Tribune Broadcasting Co.-owned station, for their low Latino employment numbers, particularly in upper management ranks. Both groups said WNET was the worst offender, claiming that 6.4% of its overall work force and 3% of its top management posts were filled by Latinos.
November 2, 2010 |
In the wake of last month's resignation of Tribune Co. Chief Executive Randy Michaels, some other top-level executives are headed out the door. Tribune Interactive President Marc Chase, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Kapugi and Executive Vice President Carolyn Gilbert ? longtime associates of Michaels ? are leaving the company, according to people familiar with the situation. Gilbert and Kapugi confirmed their departures from Tribune's digital division Monday.