25 Sep Tribune Broadcasting Elevates Jason Ball to VP Content Development
Los Angeles September 25, 2018—Tribune Broadcasting, today announced Jason Ball has been elevated to Vice President of Content Development. Ball, who is currently Vice President/News Director at KTLA 5, the #1 news organization in Southern California, will retain oversight of KTLA’s news operations, while adding Tribune Broadcasting corporate responsibilities.
As part of his expanded duties, Ball will oversee editorial initiatives and create best practices around the production of original video and audio content for all platforms including OTT, connected devices, streaming services and audio podcasting for Tribune Broadcasting’s stations and their properties.
“Having a leader of Jason’s caliber to help us prioritize and focus appropriate resources will strengthen our connection with our communities and increase Tribune’s competitive advantage in our markets. Jason and his team have done a terrific job creating high quality original linear and non-linear content at KTLA, and we’re excited to have his help executing Tribune’s strategy across our group,” said Bart Feder, SVP/News, Tribune Broadcasting.
Since joining KTLA in 2008, Ball has more than doubled the amount of television news programming at the station from 32 hours a week to 78.5 hours. KTLA also produces 10 hours of live-streaming-only news, Alexa flash briefings and an array of podcasts, including The News Director’s Office hosted by Ball, highlighting local media and its importance. Under his leadership in the newsroom, the KTLA 5 Morning News has been the highest-rated newscast in Southern California for the last five years, beating the national network programs.
“In nearly a decade running KTLA’s news operation, Jason has led the station to unprecedented growth in ratings and recognition through quality journalism, compelling coverage, strategic expansion and innovation. We are thrilled he will be sharing his talents across the station group,” said Don Corsini, President/GM, KTLA.
Prior to KTLA, Ball spent seven years at KCBS, KCAL and KNBC in Los Angeles as an executive producer and producer where he oversaw different dayparts, special projects and emerging technologies. A 27-year veteran of local television news, he’s also worked at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, where he covered stories such as the West Memphis Three, and WPLG-TV in Miami, covering the murder of Gianni Versace and the Elian Gonzalez saga.
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment cable network WGN America, whose reach is more than 77 million households, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 54 million monthly unique visitors online. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds a variety of investments, including a 31% interest in Television Food Network, G.P., which operates Food Network and Cooking Channel. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.