12 Jul Tribune Broadcasting Names Paul Rennie As President/General Manager of Chicago’s WGN-TV
July 12, 2016—Tribune Broadcasting today announced the appointment of Paul Rennie to President and General Manager of WGN-TV in Chicago. In addition to overseeing the long-term strategy and day-to-day management of WGN-TV, Rennie will be responsible for the operations of CLTV, Tribune Broadcasting’s Chicago-based regional cable news channel. Rennie will report to Larry Wert, Tribune’s President/Broadcast Media, and assume his new duties effective immediately.
Rennie was most recently the Vice President and General Manager of Tribune Broadcasting’s Indianapolis television stations, WTTV/CBS4 and WXIN/FOX59.
“Paul brings significant industry and Chicago experience to this role. He understands the variety of opportunities at WGN, from Sports, to News, to becoming a true independent,” said Wert. “He is a strategic and innovative thinker with a long history of success in Tribune’s major markets; the perfect fit for Chicago’s Very Own.”
Under Rennie’s leadership, WTTV/CBS4 and WXIN/FOX59 increased market share, maximized the development of new business and consistently exceeded revenue goals. In January 2015, Rennie played an integral role in re-launching WTTV as a CBS affiliate, debuting a full slate of newscasts that often out-perform long-established stations in the market. WXIN/FOX59 has consistently ranked as the number one newscast in all news dayparts,* winning several Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Rennie also orchestrated a multi-year agreement with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, establishing the stations as the exclusive broadcast partners of the team.
“WGN is a solid station with a legacy of serving the community with outstanding local news and programming,” said Rennie. “I’m excited to be part of a new chapter in WGN’s rich history.”
From 2004-2013, Rennie served as general sales manager for Tribune’s Seattle television stations, KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV, and their respective digital operations. Rennie also took the lead role in developing a strategic partnership between KCPQ and the Seattle Seahawks.
Prior to his work at Tribune’s Seattle television stations, Rennie headed sales for WRTV-TV in Indianapolis for two years, managing and selling across a multimedia platform that included not only the television station, but a cable news channel and website, as well.
Before joining WRTV-TV, Rennie spent nearly 8 years in Chicago at a variety of positions, including Petry Television, ABC National Sales and WLS-TV.
He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications in 1985.
*Nielsen November 2015 Sweep A25-54
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 network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world’s leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. 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 other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.