WPIX New York VP-GM Bart Feder will leave his post on Jan. 29, he said Wednesday. Feder, who has spent most of his career in television newsrooms, was hired as the SVP of news in 2015 by Tribune Broadcasting. Once Tribune was bought out by Nexstar two years ago, he shifted into the VP-GM role at WPIX. Now that the station has changed hands again, he said it’s time for him to leave.
The annual NewsTECHForum from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will begin Dec. 14. A gathering of leading TV station group news executives will address operational and technical challenges that news pros face in covering stories, particularly big breaking stories, as well as how local TV news can compete with — and take advantage of — digital media. The TV Station Group Perspective panel features Scott Livingston, VP of news, Sinclair; Barbara Maushard, VP of news, Hearst; Bart Feder, VP of news, Tribune Broadcasting; and David Friend, SVP, news, CBS TV Stations. For more information on NewsTECHForum and to register, click here.
Bart Feder, Tribune’s SVP of news, says that while stations can take a page from digital news and become “more authentic and gutsier,” their big advantage is their proximity to their viewers. “We talk about the second screen, but we are the second screen a lot. We are the companion. That puts the onus on us to continually call the audience back.” Key is to move away from the long-standing practice — and mindset — that producing stories for on-air broadcasts comes before all else.
The former CNN news executive succeeds Katherine Green. As SVP of news, he wil be responsible for overseeing all news operations and production at the group’s 42 stations. He starts March 2.