Joining The Firm (AKA Fox O&O)

Somehow, Fox was able to find a News Director willing to enter The Firm and take the ND job at WFLD in Chicago.

Matt Piacente is leaving NBC O&O WVIT to join WFLD and it is likely a move that he will regret years from now.

Piacente is not new to Chicago, he spent 15 years at NBC's WMAQ as the EP.

He now heads to a last place station that will be in last place, no matter how long he stays there. 

“Working for 20 years in Chicago news has given me so many great experiences, foremost teaching me that the viewer always comes first,” said Piacente in what will likely be the last time you ever hear from Piacente, as he will not be allowed to talk to the media. 

FTVLive's story on the Fox O&O's brought in the most email we have ever gotten on a story. Current and former Fox O&O staffers have contacted FTVLive to say how "dead on" our story was. 

Piacente replaces Tom Doerr who announced that he is leaving The Firm and headed back to South Florida. 

Oh, and by the way? The move gets Piacente close to his kids with ex-wife and current WGN AM anchor, Robin Baumgarten.