Charlie Vogt, who replaced Harris Morris as CEO of Harris Broadcast this week, says he’s eager to learn the company and the broadcast industry and ready to shape Harris’ strategy. “Clearly, we’re going to invest the dollars where we feel like the market is trending to. The team has got to be very thoughtful and really smart about where we want to place our chips, and what bets we want to double down on,” Vogt says in an exclusive interview with TVNewsCheck.
Harris Broadcast said Tuesday that its CEO, Harris Morris, who led the company through its divestiture from Harris Corp. and subsequent acquisition by the Gores Group, will part ways with the company on Wednesday, July 3. The news was disclosed via an email sent to all Harris Broadcast staff by Chairman Carl Vogel. No reason was given for Morris’s departure.
Harris Morris says that The Gores Group, which bought the broadcast equipment firm last week, is on board with the unit’s management and strategy of offering a one-stop-shop that can provide all of the major pieces of a broadcast plant. “We absolutely think that we have got the right pieces of intellectual property and we have got the right people.”
Broadcasters across the country and around the world are wondering how Tuesday’s announcement that Harris Corp. wants to spin off its storied broadcasting business will play out. The division’s president, Harris Morris, says the company “is going to seek a buyer who is committed and focused on this business and on growing in the media space. At the same time, we will try to eliminate disruption in the short-term while we go through the sale process.”
Harris Morris, president of Harris Corp.’s Broadcast Communications Division, explains the major reorganization and new goals of the equipment giant. It’s concentrating on an expanding global emphasis, while not lessening its U.S. efforts. Among its other initiatives are repurposing existing technology in new markets and helping broadcasters find new ways to exploit new technology. Morris says the plan is to be “laser-focused on getting BCD back into the black this year and showing that we can profitably grow the top line.”