Tribune Company today named broadcast veteran Ed Wilson as president of Tribune Broadcasting, overseeing the company’s 23 television stations, Superstation WGN, Tribune Entertainment, and WGN Radio. His appointment is effective February 11.
“There is tremendous upside at Tribune,” said Wilson. “The company has great stations in large, diverse markets where there is a constant demand for local news, information, and entertainment — and that plays to our strength. The combined resources of our TV stations, newspapers and web sites, give us a distinct advantage over our competitors in providing the most reliable, relevant, and interesting coverage of local news and events whenever and wherever viewers want it.”
He added, “We’ll also be the first big media company that doesn’t take itself too seriously. With Sam Zell in charge, we have a lot of rope to break the rules and do TV differently.”
Wilson has served as President of the Fox Television Network since 2004, and prior to that served in executive positions with NBC and CBS.
“Ed is the most energetic and creative executive in broadcasting,” said Randy Michaels, chief executive officer of Tribune Interactive and Broadcasting. “Most people are too full of themselves to learn anything new before they ever get to the level of success Ed has achieved. As anyone who has ever been to the bar at a broadcasting convention knows, Ed is a great guy, who just happens to come out on top.”
In 2000, Wilson helped found NBC Enterprises and served as its first president. In that capacity he supervised foreign and domestic syndication, merchandising, licensing, music and publishing, as well as domestic and foreign co-productions and co-ventures. Prior to that, Wilson was president and CEO of CBS Enterprises and Entertainment.
In 1994, Wilson founded his own syndication company, MaXaM Entertainment, in partnership with A.H. Belo Corp. The company was sold to CBS in January 1996.
His career began in 1980 as a sales trainee for Viacom. Wilson was born and raised in Rison, Arkansas and he is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He is married and has two children.