Syndication Maven Bill Carroll Out At Katz

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.

After a 32 year run, Bill Carroll has left Katz Television where he was SVP, director and 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 spokesman. Carroll, 65, has no immediate comment.


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Gregg Palermo says:

March 21, 2017 at 8:53 am

I met him twice, great guy. TV ain’t what it used to be.

Cheryl Thorne says:

March 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

He was probably being paid too much

alicia farmer says:

March 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

After 32 years at Katz and age 65, you would think the company would have been professional enough to finesse “retirement”.

Cheryl Thorne says:

March 21, 2017 at 9:36 am

Lets you surmise they are cutting expenses..I would be nervous if I was senior management in any other rep firm except Cox Reps..They are middle men ..and women ….and middle men..and women are expendable..Any experienced TV negotiator at a station could do this job..Its all numbers..they are not selling ideas or creating content

    John Bagwell says:

    March 21, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Cox Reps and Katz are basically the only 2 rep firms left.

Geoffrey Miller says:

March 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

Bill is one of the most knowledgable and analytical program executives in the industry. Stations will miss his advice when making program decisions.

Snead Hearn says:

March 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Thank you Bill for all of your advice and assistance with programming decisions. Class Act. All the best.

Ron Burrus says:

March 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Several times over the years Bill’s advice in helping us make programming decisions was spot on. A true professional and a good broadcaster. Seems to be less and less room for folks like that in today’s media world of bloated debt and doing it on the cheap. .

Don Richards says:

March 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The rep business is in its final days. It’s over. They will morph into a programmatic middle-man with a few computers and bean counters. Stations don’t want to pay for good representation and have been cutting the rep commission rate for years. The leverage of big groups has forced the rep firms to take whatever they could get and then cut expenses (the number of reps, the support staff…like Bill, the research, etc.). You can’t survive as a middle man in today’s world.

Cheryl Thorne says:

March 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

The same thing will eventually happen to the local station business..They have stopped paying for quality management years ago..except the O and O’s..Their Local news product cannot save them…The fact that they have lost the top revenue spot to digital when they had 10 years to see it coming and would not believe it …is enough to tell you the writing is on the wall for that business as well

William Bremner says:

March 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Bill looks to be a casualty of a parent company that is billions of dollars in debt.

Cheryl Thorne says:

March 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Isn’t it ironic how this company picked up clients from other rep firms, some of them now defunct, because they were telling clients that the other legacy rep firms who were in trouble due to bad management (we all know who they are)
are now in the same situation..karma

Wanda LaCroix says:

March 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Bill worked with me at Katz from 1978-2012. Probably the best programmer to serve our industry. Hope he continues in a consultancy role. Class act all around. All the “Best” Bill.

    Carolyn Worford says:

    March 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, Jim. Bill is a terrific guy and real pro. —

Linda Porto says:

October 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Knew him back in the 80s as I had similar positions at other reps long since folded. Good guy, unassuming, insightful and a good sense of humor. Wishing you well Bill.


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