21 Aug Tribune Names Paul Rennie VP/General Manager of Indianapolis Station Group
Experienced Broadcast Executive Will Lead FOX & CW Duopoly
Tribune Company today announced that Paul Rennie has been named as Vice President/General Manager of the company’s Indianapolis television stations, WTTV-TV and WXIN-TV. Since 2004, Rennie has served as general sales manager for Tribune’s Seattle television stations, KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV, and their respective digital operations; he previously worked in the Indianapolis market as general sales manager at WRTV-TV. Rennie will report to Larry Wert, Tribune’s President/Broadcast Media, and assume his new duties effective immediately.
“Paul brings significant industry experience, including time spent in Indy, and he understands the variety of opportunities and challenges generated by a major-market duopoly,” said Wert. “He is a strategic and innovative thinker whom people trust and enjoy—Paul is the perfect fit for Indy.”
As general sales manager for Tribune’s Seattle television duopoly, Rennie was responsible for sales strategy, day-to-day execution and personnel. Under his leadership, KCPQ-TV increased market share, maximized the development of new business and consistently exceeded revenue goals. He consistently introduced new media opportunities into the sales mix and took the lead role in developing a strategic partnership with the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m happy to be returning to Indianapolis, which is a great market that offers a lot of opportunity,” said Rennie. “These are solid stations with great staffs and a legacy of serving the community with outstanding local news and programming—and, of course, we have the Colts about to kick-off the regular season with a shot at the Super Bowl—now that’s exciting.”
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 held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in local and national broadcast sales. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications in 1985.
TRIBUNE MEDIA COMPANY 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 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, available in 72 million households, Tribune Studios, and Tribune Digital Ventures, including the websites Zap2it and TVByTheNumbers, 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, 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.