Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a less-traveled road the to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which has stations in New York, Los Angeles and six other markets.
The digital chief of the eight-station group and one-time creative services director will take over from Rebecca Campbell, who was earlier named to an international post for the parent Walt Disney Co.
The head of the ABC O&Os has been named president of Disney International’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Diego Lerner and reporting to International Chairman Andy Bird. She will be stepping down from the station group, but no word on a replacement there.
In the programming exec fallout following Paul Lee’s exit last week, Ben Sherwood gives ABC O&O chief Rebecca Campbell the added responsibility of daytime programming, both network and syndicated.
Rebecca Campbell, president and CEO of the Disney ABC Television Station group says her stations encourage user-generated content and sees its use to steadly increase. “I don’t think we’re old media. We’re pioneers again because we have new spaces to take our content and save lives and share happy moments in the community.”
Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and ABC News President Ben Sherwood are rumored to be the top candidates to take over exiting Disney Media Co-Chair Anne Sweeney’s responsibilities at Disney. Campbell would run cable and international, Sherwood would take on broadcast responsibilities for daytime and ABC entertainment.
Two of the panel discussions at the NYC Television Week event focused on local TV. While the panel with Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Co., was held earlier than the lunchtime discussion with Valari Staab, president of NBC owned stations and Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC owned stations, much of the discussion revolved around the health of local stations.
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.
With the addition of the Scripps outlets that reach 10% of TV homes, the lifestyle channel has boosted its coverage to more than 40%. The channel counts 16 other affiliates: eight ABC-owned, five Belo, two Lilly Broadcasting and one LKK Group.