Rebecca Campbell Named President of ABC Owned Stations
WABC president succeeds Walter Liss, who will retire after the transition
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/19/2010 10:47:29 AM
"Rebecca is a strong leader with a proven track record of success, more than 25 years of experience in local broadcasting, and the respect of station leaders, employees, and her colleagues across the company," said Sweeney. "Her â€˜viewer first' philosophy, vision, and expertise in every facet of local television make her the right choice to lead our Owned Stations Group into the future and define their expanded role in the digital age."
ABC's stations include WLS Chicago and KABC Los Angeles and are typically leaders in their markets.
"In this multi-platform era local broadcasting has taken on a new level of importance, and our owned stations are at the forefront," Campbell said. "It's an honor to lead such a talented team of professionals who care passionately about our audience, our programming and our brand. We will continue to make sure ABC viewers can get the local content they need, wherever they go and whenever they want it."
Campbell was highly visible during the recent retransmission consent spat between WABC and Cablevision.
Liss took over the group in 1999. He immediately moves into a consultancy role to assist the transition, and vows to dramatically improve his golf game once he's officially retired. "I've been in this wonderful business for over 50 years," he said. "More than 30 of those years have been with the best company in the world...The Walt Disney Company. Early next year I'll go to work on my golf game. All those guys on the Champions Tour better watch out."
Walt Disney Company President/CEO Robert Iger called Liss a dedicated and gifted station operator. "I've worked with Walter for almost 25 years, and I know him to be a one of a kind person: a great executive who knows his business well and has always had a passion for it," said Iger. "He is a no-nonsense guy, who ran the best station group in the country, and loved every minute he spent in the station business! We are all grateful for his leadership, his contributions and his friendship, and we are thankful for ensuring our stations are so well-positioned for the future. Although he has definitely earned the right to retire, he will be sorely missed."
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