Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WUSA | GM Horlick to retire next year, memo says

Allan Horlick will retire as head of the Washington-area TV station early next year, he told employees in a memo this afternoon.

"The simple truth," he says, "is that while I love doing my job, there are so many other things that I want to do, and there's no time like the present."

Horlick was made the CBS station's president and general manager in January 2007. A search is underway for his replacement, he says.

I've posted the entire memo in the comment section, below.

1 comment:

  1. From: Horlick, Allan
    Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:01 PM
    To: WUSA-All
    Subject: A personal message

    As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, I want to take this opportunity to share with you a very difficult decision that I have made, which is to retire as the President & General Manager of W*USA-TV sometime in the early part 2012. It's a difficult decision because as it's plain to see, I absolutely love my job, the broadcasting industry, and more than anything else, so many of the great people that I have had the privilege of working with here at W*USA, at Gannett, and in the various positions I've held over the years.

    So why am I doing this? The simple truth is that while I love doing my job, there are so many other things that I want to do, and there's no time like the present. One possible activity is that I may even continue working with W*USA and Gannett to help drive sales, marketing and distribution of our three Sunday morning Power Block programs. I'm really proud of what these shows represent, and I may be devoting some of my efforts to growing their impact and exposure through the prospect of building a broad national distribution platform.

    Dave Lougee will shortly be sending a note to all of Gannett announcing my retirement, and that he is commencing a search for my replacement. Whoever that person turns out to be, he or she will be joining an operation that is already creating great content on multiple platforms, as well as offering our advertisers business solutions unmatched in the industry. Most importantly though, the new GM will be joining a very special place that works incredibly hard to make a difference in our community each and every day.

    As for me, I will still be here for a few more months and then I'll work to make the transition to having a new General Manager as seamless as possible. In the meantime, a heartfelt thank you to you all for a gratifying and fulfilling experience over the past five years.



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