Compton Named Tribune's Programming President
Company continues to make management moves
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/4/2010 2:30:53 PM
"Sean is one of the most innovative thinkers and strategic programmers in the industry," said Jerry Kersting, who on Monday (May 3) was named president of Tribune Broadcasting, replacing the outgoing Ed Wilson. "He's been turning around the attitude at our station group and at WGN America by securing some outstanding syndicated programming-and better programming means better ratings. He's making a huge difference in our success."
Compton arrived at Tribune in 2008 with the title senior VP of programming and entertainment. In his new position, he will continue to oversee programming decisions for the company's 23 TV stations, cable network WGN America and WGN Radio in Chicago.
Compton got his start in programming at 19 as assistant to Randy Michaels, who was brought in by Sam Zell to run Tribune Co. after Zell took the company private in 2007. Michaels and Compton have remained close, with Compton spending six years at Jacor and ten at Clear Channel under Michaels' leadership.
During his time as a programmer, Compton has cut many deals with high profile talent, including Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Seacrest, Bob Costas, Donald Trump, Bill Cunningham and Sean Hannity.
While at Tribune, he's been focused on growing ratings at the Tribune stations through a combination of fresh syndicated programming and expanded news product. Tribune is also working on developing some of its own shows to air across its station group and perhaps to syndicate across the country.
"We've made huge progress at our station group and at WGN America," said Compton in a statement. "Our fall 2010 and 2011 line-ups will have great new shows that will continue to grow our ratings and improve the image of our stations."
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