Syndication veteran Ed Wilson has been named the new president of Tribune Broadcasting. In his new role, Wilson will oversee Tribune’s 23 TV stations (including WGN-TV), as well as WGN Superstation, WGN Radio, and ad-sales company Tribune Entertainment. He comes over from Fox, where he was president of the network.
Wilson began his career in sales at Viacom in 1980 (when it was more known as a TV syndicator and the “V of Doom”.) Wilson helped found Eyemark (CBS) Entertainment and later NBC Enterprises, after the major networks were allowed back into the syndication business due to the collapse of the financial interest and syndication rules, or “fin-syn” (ironically, it was fin-syn that created Viacom in 1971 after the new rules forced CBS to spin off its syndication business.)
Wilson later joined Fox’s News Corp., where he oversaw Fox’s affiliate relations, ad sales, and integrated marketing operations.