Larry Wert has a big challenge — and bigger opportunities — as head of Tribune’s soon-to-be independent broadcasting operations. A major player with its recent purchase of Local TV LLC, his new portfolio of 42 stations means he can take advantage of improved economies of scale. He also promises more news from the stations, says he’s losing interest in overexposed off-net sitcoms and explains that the newly established Tribune Studios will not be his stations’ only source of first-run programming.
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