Steve Charlier has been appointed senior vice president,news and operations for Tribune Broadcasting and Local TV LLC, responsible for overseeing all news production and news operations for the station groups of both companies. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Steve is one of the most creative and innovative people in local TV news today,” said Ed Wilson, Tribune Broadcasting president. “Between Tribune and Local TV, we’re aggressively expanding local news programming in 15 markets — tomorrow, for example, we’ll launch a four-hour morning show at our station in San Diego which will be unlike anything currently on TV. Steve has been extremely important in leading our efforts.”
Prior to joining Tribune, Charlier held several jobs of increasing responsibility at Local TV stations in Phoenix, Seattle, and Salt Lake City. In 2005, he was named vice president/news director of KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV in Sacramento, where he developed the first-of-its-kind early morning interactive news broadcast based largely on content from the Internet.
“I’m really not interested in doing traditional TV news,” said Charlier. “Audiences are demanding more from local broadcasters – more breaking news, more context to help them understand what they’re seeing on the screen, and more creativity in the way the news is presented. We have to be willing to take some risks and do things differently.”
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