Whittaker To Manage WMAQ

WMAQ Chicago VP of News Frank Whittaker has been named station manager as president/GM Larry Wert moves up to president of five NBC stations across its Central & Western region. A Chicago native, Whittaker joined WMAQ ten years ago as news director. Before that, he was at WLS. 

"The team here has done a terrific job and I will be relying on all them to make this transition successful," said Wert. "I am proud and confident to have Frank and others step up." 

Among those also getting promoted in Chicago are broadcast operations director Jan Jaros to vice president and research/programming & press director Toni Falvo to vice president. 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the L.A. Times and New York magazine.