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Top exec departs CBS4, Fox59 for lead role at WGN-TV in Chicago

July 18, 2016

Paul Rennie, the top executive at WXIN-TV Fox 59 and WTTV-Channel 4 for almost three years, has been named president and general manager of WGN-TV in Chicago.

Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting, which owns all three stations, made the announcement last week. The appointment was effective July 12.

Tribune Broadcasting did not say whether Rennie had been replaced at the local stations. A spokesperson for the company could not be reached for comment Monday morning.

Rennie was hired as vice president and general manager of WXIN and WTTV in August 2013. He previously was general sales manager at Tribune Broadcasting’s Seattle stations, KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV. He held the same post from 2001 to 2003 at WRTV-TV Channel 6 in Indianapolis.

Tribune Broadcasting said Rennie increased market share at the Indianapolis stations, “maximized the development of new business and consistently exceeded revenue goals.”

“In January 2015, Rennie played an integral role in re-launching WTTV as a CBS affiliate, debuting a full slate of newscasts that often outperform long-established stations in the market,” the company said in a written statement. “Rennie also orchestrated a multiyear agreement with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, establishing the stations as the exclusive broadcast partners of the team.”

Before joining WRTV-TV, Rennie spent nearly eight years in Chicago at a variety of positions at several stations.

He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1985 with a degree in communications.

 

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