WTTW’s local and national production departments to merge

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WTTW in Chicago is merging its national and local production departments, reports Time Out Chicago media writer Robert Feder. Over the years, WTTW National Productions has produced popular titles including Soundstage, Sneak Previews, The Frugal Gourmet and The McLaughlin Group; WTTW11 Local Productions handles shows such as Check, Please! and Chicago Tonight.

Dan Schmidt, president of parent company Window to the World Communications, wrote in a memo to staff: “With this new focus, we are better able to leverage the creativity, experience and expertise of our existing staff to develop programming that appeals to local, national and international audiences.”

Leading the combined WTTW Production division will be Parke Richeson, s.v.p. of WTTW National Productions, and Dan Soles, s.v.p. and chief television content officer, Schmidt said in the memo. The consolidation is effective this month.