After a 32-year run, Bill Carroll has left Katz Television where he was SVP/director of content strategy, and widely known for his tracking of, and insight on, syndicated programming. “We thank him for his service and wish him the best for the future,” said a Katz spokesperson. Carroll, 65, had no immediate comment.
The medium has been transformed by consolidation. There are fewer new options and fewer potential buyers. But things could turn around with a smash. Katz TV’s Bill Carroll talks about the challenges facing syndication, why aging shows have held up so long, and what new syndicated programs to watch for this fall.
In this Q&A with Media Life’s Diego Vasquez, Katz Televison’s VP of programming talks about the prospects for this fall’s record number of high-profile syndicated talk shows, why Anderson is getting a makeover, and whether Katie can be the next Oprah.
Disney-ABC’s talker with Katie Couric has grabbed the headlines in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s departure from afternoon syndicated lineups. But she’s far from alone in the race for station slots starting in fall 2012. As things now stand, Couric could be battling against talk shows featuring a defrocked priest (from Debmar-Mercury), one of those Real Housewives (from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution), the host of Survivor (from CBS Television Distribution) and the now-42 year-old Ricki Lake on a comeback bid (from Twentieth Television)..