Tribune Company

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Tribune Company is a major U.S. media company with interests in newspapers, radio and television stations. Among the 11 newspapers it owns are the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. It owns cable network Superstation WGN, part of the TV Food Network, and radio channel WGN-AM. It also owns the Chicago Cubs. Top competitors are Dow Jones & Company, Gannett, and New York Times. [1]

Samuel Zell, who has a personal fortune of $US6 billion, engineered a leveraged buyout of the company in 2007. He beat out billionaires Eli Broad, Ron Burkle, and David Geffen for the company. [2]

Tribune Broadcasting

Tribune Broadcasting is the television, cable and entertainment division of the Tribune Company. "Tribune Broadcasting owns and operates 26 major-market television stations and reaches more than 80 percent of U.S. television households. The group is anchored by Superstation WGN, which can be seen in more than 66 million U.S. households via cable and satellite services. Nineteen Tribune stations are affiliates of the growing WB Television Network, in which Tribune holds a 22 percent equity investment," it states on its website. [1]

Tribune Entertainment produces television programming for the company and for national syndications.


Key executives and 2006 pay: [3]

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [5]

Contact details

435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-222-9100
Fax: 312-222-1573
Web: (Home page)
Web: (Tribune Broadcasting)


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Tribune Company Profile, Hoovers, accessed November 2007.
  2. Samuel Zell, Forbes, accessed November 2007.
  3. Tribune Company Key Executives, Hoovers, accessed November 2007.
  4. Dennis J Fitzsimons, Forbes, accessed November 2007.
  5. Board of Directors, Tribune Company, accessed November 2007.