Tribune Names Paul Rennie VP/General Manager of Indianapolis Station Group Experienced Broadcast Executive Will Lead FOX & CW Duopoly
CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company's broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV, Tribune Studios and Chicago's WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.
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