NBCUniversal has combined management of its two television stations in Chicago, with one boss now overseeing both NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 and its Spanish-language sister station, Telemundo Chicago WSNS-Channel 44.
David Doebler, president and general manager of NBC 5 since 2013, was named to the additional position of president and general manager of Telemundo Chicago.
The consolidation eliminates the position of Chris McDonnell, who had headed Telemundo Chicago since 2012. Earlier, he had served as vice president of sales and marketing at the station. Employees were informed Thursday that McDonnell had left the company.
Sources said the move was designed to save money and improve efficiency of the two stations, which share studios and offices at NBC Tower, 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive.
Before joining NBC 5, Doebler spent eight years as president and general manager of WVIT, the NBC-owned station in Hartford, Connecticut.