Chicago Public Broadcasting Executive William J. McCarter Dies
April 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former longtime WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS President and CEO WILLIAM J. MCCARTER, who died of complications from cancer on THURSDAY (4/21) at 81, according to TIME OUT CHICAGO's ROBERT FEDER.
MCCARTER headed the CHICAGO public broadcasting company, which operates PBS affiliate WTTW (TV) and Classical WFMT, for 27 years until his 1998 retirement. He was brought to the station from WETA-TV and WETA-F/WASHINGTON by former FCC Chairman NEWTON MINOW, who was Chairman of WTTW's Board of Trustees in 1971; MCCARTER had previously worked at WFIL-TV-A and WHYY/PHILADELPHIA and WNET (TV)/NEWARK-NEW YORK. The CHICAGO stations won 12 PEABODY AWARDS, 5 DUPONT COLUMBIA Journalism Awards, and 150 regional Emmy awards during MCCARTER's tenure.