The board of directors for the Tribune Company has tapped former Discovery Communications COO Peter Liguori (pictured) to be CEO of the publishing, digital and broadcasting firm.
Liguori left Discovery at the end of 2011, after serving as chief operating officer for two years, and takes up his role at Tribune immediately.
In addition, Tribune has elected Bruce Karsh as chairman, while former CEO Eddy Hartenstein will act as special adviser to the office of the CEO,while continuing to serve as publisher of the Los Angeles Times and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Media Group.
Before Liguori was at Discovery Communications, he was chairman of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, and president and CEO of News Corp.’s FX Networks.
Tribune’s daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sentinel, while the broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, Antenna TV and Chicago’s WGN-AM.
“Peter is the ideal choice to be Tribune’s next chief executive officer,” said Karsh. “He has the talent and experience to lead the company forward, and has a track record of success. The board has every confidence in him.”
“Tribune is a great company with an incredible collection of media assets, iconic brands in major markets across the country, tremendous journalism, and very talented people,” added Liguori. “Collectively, the company’s digital operations, broadcast outlets and newspapers are some of the best in the country. In many ways, Tribune is like a 165-year-old start-up – there is a lot to build upon.”