Michael Renda, former head of Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia, was named VP/GM at Fox’s Chicago stations WFLD and WPWR. Patrick Paolini, VP and director of sales for WNYW New York, will take over Renda’s post in Philadelphia.
Fox Television Stations shuffled executives today, tapping Michael Renda as vice president and general manager of WFLD Fox Chicago and WPWR My50 and Patrick Paolini taking the top spot at WTXF Fox 29 in Philadelphia.
Renda, who had been vice president and general manager at WTXF, will be responsible for overseeing business and operations for both Chicago stations. He replaces Patrick Mullen who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
“Mike has proven over the last twelve years that he is a strong general manager who knows what it takes to build a market-leading station. This, along with his ability to foster strong news talent and develop compelling local newscasts, will be valuable as we look to strengthen our Chicago duopoly,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said.
Paolini, who had been vice president and director of sales at Fox-owned WNYW and WWOR in New York, replaces Renda at WTXF.
“Patrick has done an outstanding job leading our New York sales team. His deep understanding of the broadcast industry and strategic approach to our business made him the ideal choice as we look to maintain and grow the position of WTXF in the Philadelphia market,” Abernathy said.