The Washington Post Co.’s station group CEO will step down at the end of the year. He’ll be succeeded by WLS GM and Live Well Network creator Emily Barr, who joins the company in July.
Alan Frank, president-CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, the television broadcasting division of The Washington Post Co., announced Tuesday that he will retire from that position at the end of 2012. Emily L. Barr has been named to succeed Frank. She will join Post–Newsweek Stations in July.
Donald E. Graham, chairman-CEO of The Washington Post Co., said: “Alan Frank has been a key contributor to the company for more than 30 years and a brilliant head of Post-Newsweek Stations. He’s put together an exceptional team, led by six outstanding station managers. Since 2000, when Alan was named president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, he has led our television broadcasting division through an era of excellence. Everyone at the Post Company will miss him.”
NAB President Gordon Smith commented on Alan Frank’s retirement announcement: “Alan Frank is one of broadcasting’s great ambassadors. He’s been a champion of free and local television for three decades, and his service to the NAB Board and other industry groups has been exemplary.”
Barr has been president and general manager of ABC O&O WLS Chicago since 1997. Barr also created Live Well Network, a 24/7 national digital network that is distributed to more than 60% of the country. She began developing Live Well Network in 2007 and has managed it since its launch in 2009.
From 1994 to 1997, Barr was president-GM of WTVD Raleigh, N.C. Previously, she had been assistant general manager and director of broadcast operations and programming at WMAR Baltimore. Barr began her career in television as a news editor at KSTP St. Paul-Minneapolis in 1980, and held increasingly responsible management positions there and later at WJLA Washington and at KHOU Houston. Barr received a BA in film studies from Carleton College and an MBA from George Washington University.
Frank joined Post–Newsweek Stations in 1979 as program manager for WDIV Detroit. In 1986, he became VP of programming and production for PNS. In 1988, he was named VP-GM of WDIV. During his tenure, he negotiated the purchase of Michigan’s regional cable sports system, which he supervised until it was sold to Fox Sports in 1997.
Frank has served as chairman and/or on the executive committee of many national trade organizations, including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB); the Network Affiliated Station Alliance (NASA); the NBC and ABC affiliate associations’ boards of directors; Maximum Service Television (MSTV); the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC); and the Broadcasters Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of Internet Broadcasting (IB). In 2005, Frank was named Broadcasting & Cable’s Broadcaster of the Year. This year, Frank will be inducted into the 2012 class of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.