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Matt Cherniss departs WGN America ahead of Tribune Media merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group

Matt Cherniss departs WGN America ahead of Tribune Media merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group

Matt Cherniss is departing his post as president of WGN America, the Tribune Media-owned cable network that has made a push into original programming in recent years.

Tribune announced Monday that Cherniss, who also ran the channel’s production entity Tribune Studios, will step down at the end of the month. Gavin Harvey, a veteran cable executive involved in such networks as E!, FX and Fuse has been tapped to replace Cherniss.

Cherniss took over WGN America in March 2013 and led an effort to transform the channel from a repository of broadcast network repeats to a destination for original series. But WGN America’s strategy is likely to change once Sinclair Broadcast Group...

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