×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tribune expands Fitzsimons’ roles

Prexy to replace Dowdle as exec VP, media operations

Tribune Broadcasting prexy Dennis FitzSimons has added stripes at the Tribune Co., replacing James Dowdle as executive vice president of media operations.

Dowdle, 65, will retire from Tribune effective Dec. 31 but remain on the company’s board of directors through May. John Madigan, chairman, president and CEO of Tribune, made the announcement Tuesday.

Dowdle joined the company in 1981, helping to launch Tribune Broadcasting as its first president and CEO. He took his current position in May 1997.

FitzSimons will remain president of Tribune Broadcasting, but the new post also puts him in charge of Tribune’s publishing and entertainment businesses, including the Chicago Cubs.

“We’ll continue with the strategy we’ve had in place, to be a consolidator,” FitzSimons said of the broadcast division. “Our focus is still on the top 30 markets and to improve our operating performance.”

Under FitzSimon’s direction, Madigan said, “the group has become a major force in broadcasting, expanding from seven television stations in 1994 to 18 today.”

FitzSimons joined Tribune in 1982 as sales director at WGN Chicago, working his way up to Tribune Television president before taking the reins at Tribune Broadcasting.

Handling some of the broadcasting workload will be Michael Eigner, who will be upped to president of Tribune Television. Eigner, who previously led six of Tribune’s East Coast stations as exec VP at Tribune Television, will now oversee all of Tribune’s TV properties.

More Biz

  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Kevin Tsujihara's Ouster Kicks Off a Week of Major Disruption in the Media Business

    The sudden ouster of Warner Bros. Entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara kicked off what is likely to go down as one of the most extraordinary weeks in Hollywood history, spelling enormous turmoil and transition across the media landscape. In addition to the news about Tsujihara, which comes amid a wider shake-up of leadership at AT&T’s WarnerMedia, [...]

  • Disney Fox mega deal acquisition Illustration

    Disney Closes $71 Billion 21st Century Fox Deal

    Before the end of the East Coast airing of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Disney has formally sealed the deal on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. “This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us — one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger said [...]

  • Chinese Tech Firm Huawei Seeks Content

    Beleaguered Chinese Tech Firm Huawei Seeks Content for Expansion Into Southeast Asia

    One of the most surprising first-time attendees at FilMart is Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has come to Hong Kong to acquire the video content it needs to support its strategy of expansion into Southeast Asia. The company is currently embroiled in a PR nightmare as it defends itself against accusations that its equipment could [...]

  • Viacom HQ LA

    Viacom Goes to War With AT&T Over DirecTV Carriage Deal

    Viacom has declared war against AT&T, blasting the telco giant on several fronts as the companies wrestle over a carriage renewal deal that is vital to Viacom’s long-term financial health. As of today, Viacom has begun running crawls and promo spots on its channels warning viewers that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and other channels [...]

  • Peloton Sued for $150 Million for

    Peloton Sued for $150 Million for Using Drake, Lady Gaga Music Without License

    A group of publishers including Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music, Big Deal Music, Reservoir, Round Hill, TRO Essex Music Group and The Royalty Network filed a lawsuit against Peloton for infringement of more than a thousand musical works, according to a statement from the National Music Publishers Association. The plaintiffs are [...]

  • Bruce Ramer Re-Appointed to Corporation for

    Bruce Ramer Re-Appointed to Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board

    Top showbiz attorney Bruce Ramer has been reappointed to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the nonprofit org that administers federal funding for public broadcasting. Ramer, a partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, was elected chair of the CPB board in October. He previously served as board chair from 2010-2012. His [...]

  • Gary Knell

    Listen: National Geographic Chief Gary Knell on Disney Future, Fox's Legacy

    The marriage of National Geographic Partners and Disney, which becomes official today, is the proverbial brand match made in heaven. Disney is taking over the stewardship of Nat Geo Partners — a joint venture with the National Geographic Society — as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The transition comes at a time [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content