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President and GM, WABC-TV

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 768611BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Nov. 09, 2020

Job Summary:

The President and General Manager of WABC-TV is responsible for leading and advancing the most watched local television station in the New York market and in the country, managing the strategies and teams that drive audience and growth across platforms.

This executive will be at the center WABC-TV’s future success, upholding our commitment to quality journalism and the communities we serve while driving modernization across the organization, prioritizing an adaptable and inclusive culture that embraces change and innovation.

The General Manager will have a clear vision for the future of WABC-TV with the capability of communicating and executing that vision via hands-on leadership, optimism, strategic risk-taking and focused metrics of success. He or she will be a creative thinker who generates new ideas and understands how to maximize brands and resources to achieve market leadership. This includes developing strategies which evolve the WABC-TV brand from not only being the place to go for breaking news, but also where consumers can expect to find localized high quality, high impact journalism and content.

This executive will also work directly with the ABC Owned Stations leadership, and other businesses within Disney Media Entertainment and Distribution as well as Walt Disney Television and The Walt Disney Company to drive collective growth and success.


  • Direct and manage the overall operations to drive "ethical results" (meet or exceed KPIs) including established goals/objectives in ratings, audience, video, sales/revenue, market share, profit and operating income.
  • Oversee and evolve the brand to maximize its impact, relevancy and connection with local audiences.
  • In collaboration with appropriate executives, develop and implement a content strategy that attracts and engages audiences across platforms.
  • Lead a premium multi-platform news organization including a vast and diverse team of talent across many roles and disciplines.
  • Supervise the production and ongoing evolution of “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, one of daytime television’s most successful and enduring talk shows.
  • Oversight of the station's 24/7 broadcast and quality/technical requirements.
  • Grow and develop unified CTV strategies to create/aggregate content for streaming platforms.
  • Drive business and partnership development efforts to drive modernization and further group goals.
  • Continue to identify more effective and efficient approaches to operations and processes throughout the organization.
  • Represent the station in the community; develop and maintain strong relationships with community leaders.
  • Seek out opportunities to contribute to the local market area for the betterment of the community.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain a strong leadership team; provide guidance and coaching to maximize their performance and accelerate their professional growth.
  • Champion data and analytics to drive multi-platform content, product and platform optimization as well as accountability across the organization.
  • Execute all corporate policies/objectives while maintaining the highest level of ethics and industry standards.
  • Establish and maintain an innovative and highly collaborative culture atmosphere that promotes novel idea generation, open communication, respect for others and excellence.
  • Create a diverse, collaborative, fun and stimulating work environment.
  • Collaborate with other parts of OTV, Walt Disney Television and TWDC to advance the group’s interests and leverage assets.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Proven experience leading a local broadcast station or news organization.
  • A participative leadership approach that fosters collaboration and innovation.
  • Ability to recognize, create and communicate priorities, strategies, market opportunities and challenges to drive growth and performance improvement.
  • Attention to detail, project management skills, and the ability to effectively lead and manage in a dynamic and challenging environment.
  • Experience managing budgeting processes and strategic planning.
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Legal understanding of FCC rules and regulations.
  • Experience working with unions and contract negotiations.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.

About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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