Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 14:20
NBCUniversal's NBC Owned Television Stations have announced that David Doebler will take over as the President and General Manager of WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago. The change is effective immediately.
Doebler comes to Chicago from WVIT-TV in New Britain/Hartford/New Haven, CT. For the last eight years, he has been the President and General Manager there.
In making the announcement today, Valari Staab, President of NBC Owned Television Stations, said: "David has done a great job strengthening the competitive position of NBC Connecticut. With his leadership abilities, local broadcast experience and record of success, I am confident he has the right skills to steer WMAQ as the station continues its forward progress."
Prior to his time in Connecticut, Doebler was the President and General Manager of WVTM-TV, an NBC affiliate in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa, AL market for four years. For over three years before that, he was the Vice President of Creative Services and Sales for WNCN-TV in Raleigh, NC.
David Doebler's career in media started in 1985 at the Philadelphia, PA radio station WCAU-AM, where he began as an Account Executive. From there, he was promoted to WCAU-TV, working in numerous roles over the next 11 years, including Account Manager, Local Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, and Sales Manager.
In a statement today, David Doebler said: "I could not be more honored to join WMAQ and to work with the very talented team at the station to continue the tremendous momentum in the market. On a personal note, my family and I have always been very big fans of Chicago and are excited to make it our home."
Deobler, 51, is now in Chicago. He and his wife Sue, and their children, David and Stephanie will soon be fully relocating to the Chicago area. Doebler holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Rowan University in New Jersey
Today's announcement fills the vacancy left by the exit of Larry Wert, who announced last month
he was leaving NBC Television after 15 years to become the new President of Local Broadcasting for Tribune Broadcasting.