21 Feb Tribune Broadcasting’s Hank Hundemer Named 2017 Digital All-Star By Broadcasting & Cable
February 21, 2017 – Tribune Broadcasting is pleased to announce Hank Hundemer, SVP of Engineering, has been named a 2017 Digital All-Star by Broadcasting & Cable.
Each year Broadcasting & Cable selects Digital All-Stars from across disciplines; honorees who are on the front lines of the industry’s transformation and are pushing the business forward into a digital future. This year, Tribune Broadcasting’s Hank Hundemer joins the list of Broadcasting & Cable’s 2017 Digital All-Stars.
“The Engineering team is often the unsung hero at a station group, solving problems and ensuring the content gets on air without error. Hank and his staff (Team Hank) go above and beyond problem solving, without any fanfare, to actually create entire proprietary systems which benefit the entire company,” said Larry Wert, President, Tribune Broadcasting. “Tribune Broadcasting has become an industry-leader for technology across all platforms and we are incredibly proud of Hank and all he has accomplished.”
Under the guidance of Hundemer, Tribune Broadcasting built, in-house, nearly all of the broadcast systems which power its stations. These systems bring innovative methods to run the business in a very efficient manner, thus lowering the costs of physically putting news on a variety of platforms, allowing the company to shift those resources to newsroom personnel and to invest in more news content.
With a “build vs. buy” mentality, Hundemer has created in-house systems and operations for efficiencies in Master Control and across all aspects of News Production, allowing for a reduction or removal of reliance on third-party providers. Building the systems internally allows for direct, unparalleled, integration of on-air products with digital offerings, allowing for a virtually seamless exchange of media between the two mediums. Tribune spends a fraction of what it would cost to purchase these systems on the open market, and the technology remains proprietary. In fact, Tribune’s Television and Entertainment segment maintains a growing patent and patent application portfolio with respect to its technology, owning approximately 50 U.S. and foreign issued patents and approximately 54 pending patent applications in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.
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 more than 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 60 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 32% interest in CareerBuilder, LLC and a 31% interest in Television Food Network, G.P., which operates Food Network and Cooking Channel. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.