WUSA GM Mark Burdett sent a memo to the staff, telling them he is gone at the end of the year.
When Gannett (now Tegna) hired Burdett back in February of 2012, Dave Lougee, President on Gannett (now Tegna) Broadcasting said, “He brings back to broadcasting a fresh perspective on serving our viewers and the community at large.”
Looks like the freshness has worn off and WUSA is now looking for a new GM.
Here is the internal memo sent to the staff and obtained by FTVLive:
Date: November 21, 2016 at 10:21:17 AM EST
Subject: Mark Burdett is signing off at WUSA
Folks, I want to announce to all you that I will be leaving WUSA Media at the end of this year …12/31/16. It has been and honor and a pleasure to work beside each of you. We have done allot together and accomplished a great deal as our station and company have embraced and lead the transformation of both our business and content procurement. I will be here with you through the holidays so we will have plenty of time speak one on one. I ask that each of you continue to work hard through the end of this calendar year and don’t be afraid to take a moment and let any and all your co-worker know how much you appreciate them. I will see many of you at 11 am today for more ….. Thanks for everything !
MARK BURDETT, PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER
WUSA Media Email
Update: FTVLIve FIRST told you that Burdett was out and didn't take long for Tegna to name a replacement.
The company announced that Richard J. Dyer will be the new president and general manager of WUSA. Beginning his new role on January 2, 2017, the move marks a homecoming for Dyer. He is a hometown DC native.
Dyer was the president and general manager of WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati.