ABC Owned Television Stations announced Wednesday (May 19) a changing of the guard at the top. Rebecca Campbell was named to succeed Walter Liss as president of the TV group. Liss, a 30-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company who has led the station group since 1999, is retiring. Liss will immediately move into a consultancy role during the transition.
In her new position, Campbell will have management responsibility for ABC’s 10 owned stations in some of the nation’s largest TV markets, including WABC-TV, where Campbell has served as president and general manager of the station and its ancillary businesses, including two digital TV channels, 7online.com, TAXI TV and the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly.
“Rebecca is a strong leader with a proven track record of success, more than 25 years of experience in local broadcasting, and the respect of station leaders, employees and her colleagues across the company,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president Disney-ABC Television Group, to whom Campbell reports. “Her ‘viewer first’ philosophy, vision and expertise in every facet of local television make her the right choice to lead our Owned Stations Group into the future and define their expanded role in the digital age.”
Prior to her appointment at WABC-TV in 2007, Campbell was president and general manager of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Both TV stations are the highest-rated stations in their markets and the local TV news leaders. She began her career at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
During Liss’ tenure, he oversaw the stations’ transition to digital technology, the launch of multiple digital channels and the development of station Web site, as well as mobile video and text services. He also managed the rapid expansion of the ABC National Television Sales unit, which represents regional sports networks, retail-based TV channels in stores and other locations.