Broadcasting vet to head Tribune station

L.A. broadcasting vet Don Corsini has been named prexy and general manager of Tribune Broadcasting’s KTLA-TV.

Corsini, who exited his post as prexy and g.m. of CBS-owned KCBS/KCAL last summer, fills a job at KTLA that has been vacant for a year, since former g.m. Vinnie Malcolm left the station shortly after Sam Zell completed his takeover of the Chicago-based Tribune Co. Corsini’s appointment had been expected (Daily Variety, Aug. 20).

In announcing Corsini’s hiring, Tribune Broadcasting chief Ed Wilson emphasized Corsini’s experience in negotiating sports rights deals. There’s been speculation that Tribune is eyeing a major expansion of KTLA’s sports programming, perhaps as a separate digital channel and possibly as a regional partnership with other Southern California stations.

Separately, Tribune cabler WGN America said it has cut a deal with WWE for a weekly hourlong show dubbed “WWE Superstars,” to bow in April. Wrestling skein will feature a range of male and female grapplers from the WWE roster. Deal comes as part of Tribune’s effort to beef up the original programming on WGN to make it more competitive as a general entertainment channel.

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