Tribune has named veteran television executive Larry Wert as President of its local broadcasting businesses. Wert will be responsible for directing the strategy and operations of Tribune’s 23 local television stations and WGN Radio in Chicago. Wert will assume his new role in the near future and he will report directly to Tribune’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Liguori. Wert joined WMAQ-TV (NBC5) in Chicago as President/General Manager in January 1998. Ten years later he went on to become President, Central & Western Region, NBC Local Media, overseeing five NBC-owned television stations: KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, KNTV-TV in San Francisco, KNSD-TV in San Diego, KXAS-TV in Dallas and WMAQ-TV in Chicago. In 2011, he was named EVP/Station Initiatives for NBC-owned stations.