Journal Broadcast Group Names Brian McHale As VP/CTO
April 1, 2014 at 4:00 AM (PT)
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP has named former FISHER COMMUNICATIONS VP/Technology BRIAN MCHALE as VP/CTO, starting APRIL 7th. MCHALE, who will report to EVP/Television DEBBIE TURNER and EVP/Radio STEVE WEXLER, replaces the retiring ANDY LAIRD, who will work with MCHALE on the transition through 2014.
TURNER said, “We are very excited to have BRIAN join our JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP team in such a critical role. His prior experience, combined with his vision for the future, will help us position our broadcast group for success.”
WEXLER added, “BRIAN’s combination of operational knowledge and ideas about how technology shapes our future will truly benefit our business."
MCHALE, who served as CTO at DIRECTV before joining FISHER in 2010, said, "JOURNAL is clearly an innovative media company committed to leveraging technology across multiple platforms, creating new revenue streams and increasing shareholder value. I look forward to using my broad knowledge in media and entertainment technology to quickly contribute to the success of this dynamic company."
On the transition, WEXLER said, “I’m happy that BRIAN will be working side-by-side with ANDY LAIRD so we’ll enjoy the benefits of their combined knowledge and a seamless transition."
Parent JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS President/COO ANDRE FERNANDEZ said, “I'm looking forward to partnering with BRIAN as, together, we chart our technology strategy for the future.... My thanks again to ANDY LAIRD, our outgoing VP and CTO, for his years of service to the company and for helping build the solid technology platform we enjoy today.”