Resignation Signals Strategy Change At WLS

Look for ABC’s Chicago O&O to begin promoting its top-rated newscasts and other programs more aggressively than it has in years. Tom Hebel, a 15-year veteran of the station, resigned Friday as VP of programming and creative services. The move signals a change in strategy under John Idler, who took over as the station’s president-GM in June.


ABC Taps John Idler To Head WLS Chicago

The current GM of WTVD Raleigh-Durham, N.C., will succeed Emily Barr as president-GM of the ABC O&O. Idler has shuttling back-and-forth between WLS and WTVD since joining the ABC O&Os in 1998. He moved to WTVD in 2007 to become the GM there.