David Doebler announced Tuesday that he plans to retire as president and general manager of NBC O&O WMAQ and Telemundo’s WSNS Chicago at the end of June. Both stations are units of Comcast NBCUniversal. Doebler, 59, told employees in an email that he’s voluntarily stepping down to spend time with his wife.
Faced with unprecedented plunges in advertising revenue at NBC-owned WMAQ Chicago and Telemundo WSNS, employees of the two NBCUniversal stations are bracing for imminent layoffs. At a virtual town hall last week, David Doebler, president and GM of the stations, announced the staff reduction plans in response to the coronavirus shutdown. Doebler, who did not say how many positions would be affected, declined to comment further.
NBCUniversal has combined management of its two TV stations in Chicago, with WMAQ GM David Doebler now overseeing both the O&O and its Spanish-language Telemundo sister station, WSNS.
David Doebler, the former head of the network’s WVIT Hartford-New Haven, Conn., is tapped to lead its Windy City O&O.