Turning Off A TV Career

Once again, journalists are turning to Tanner Friedman for insights on the media business.

Today’s Detroit News focuses, for a second time in recent weeks, on the end of a distinguished television career for WXYZ-TV’s General Manager Grace Gilchrist. We are quoted in this story, with some analysis.

Why all of the fuss about a General Manager, whose face isn’t familiar to most viewers, leaving the station? Because news is often about exceptional happenings. Serving as a General Manager of a major market TV station for 13 years and working continuously for an entire career in that challenging business, then leaving on your own terms, is the exception – far from rule. That’s why it is receiving so much deserved attention.