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General Manager WTKR/WGNT

Tribune Company
Norfolk, VA
  • Job Code
Careers Center | General Manager WTKR/WGNT
  • General Manager WTKR/WGNT

    Location US-VA-Norfolk
    Posted Date 8 months ago(12/12/2017 2:59 PM)
    Job ID
    Executive Management
  • Overview

    Location: Norfolk, VA

    Reports to: Chief Operations Officer

    This role acts as General Manager of WTKR-WGNT, CBS/CW, in the 45th largest market (NSI DMA rank). Responsibilities include creating and executing the strategic and operational plans, and exhibiting strong leadership skills inside and outside the station. The best candidate will ensure financial goals are met, will establish long-range goals and strategies that will result in the growth and long-term viability of the Company, and further the creative vision for local news content.   Responsible for activities of all major station departments including: Sales, Digital Sales, Operations, Engineering, Regionalized MC, News, Finance, Creative Services, Traffic, Research, Programming, and Production.


    The station operates under a Shared Services Agreement with Tribune Broadcasting, a major national broadcast group with that owns or provides management services to 42 local television stations reaching over 50 million households. Tribune Broadcasting also includes national entertainment network WGN America, available in approximately 73 million households, Chicago's WGN-AM, and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. As part of the Shared Services Agreement, this position will interact with the Tribune corporate staff and other Tribune station managers regarding many aspects of station operations. The position reports to the President & CEO of Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, LLC, which also operates WNEP-TV in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton market under a Shared Services Agreement with Tribune Broadcasting.


    • Drive results by developing and executing the stations’ strategic and operating plans, achieve EBITDA goals consistent with the company’s financial and operating guidelines.
    • Create and support, on and off air, branding strategies across all platforms to ensure ratings and revenue growth.
    • Provide for recruitment, management and development of leadership team, organized to optimize individual and team capabilities and goals, within an environment that encourages creativity and innovation.
    • Employ purposeful change management strategies to ensure optimum staffing and resources.
    • Provide system of controls to insure that FCC regulations are followed, and that financial management, operating budgets, capital spending plans and other financial systems are within company guidelines and objectives.
    • Develop, identify and execute new business, revenue and community opportunities to provide for the growth and development of the company.
    • Cultivate relationships with major advertisers and community leaders to represent the station in the local market.
    • Make regular reports to Dreamcatcher and Tribune Broadcasting executives on matters requiring their action.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Broadcast/Entertainment/Communications/Journalism or a related field and/or equivalent related experience.
    • Fifteen or more years of experience in progressively responsible television management positions.
    • Beneficial experience would include Top 50 market, and/or prior CBS and/or CW experience and market familiarity.
    • Thorough understanding of the television industry and the role and jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission
    • Ability to strategically plan, lead and innovate in all aspects of the Station, including content produced for all platforms: cable, multicast, interactive, mobile, and other digital businesses.  Must accurately forecast revenue, understand audiences across all platforms, and be engaged in identifying and embracing future trends.
    • Experience in local content production and programming a plus.
    • Management skills necessary to manage diverse organization of over 150 employees. Leadership ability to actively represent company in the community.
    • Must be willing to submit to a background check.
    • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.


    • Authority and responsibility for an appropriate share of market revenues of $100 million and an operating expense budget to generate an appropriate return.
    • Authority and responsibility for department heads and full staffing across all departments.
    • Authority and responsibility for operations and content across all platforms.


    Department Heads of News, Sales, Creative, Finance, and Engineering will report to GM.


    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Company Info

    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 31% equity interest in TV Food Network and a 32% equity interest in CareerBuilder. For more information please visit http://www.tribunemedia.com.


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