Morning Headlines — 7/11/13

For Tribune's Wert, Bigger Is Much Better
Larry Wert has a big challenge — and bigger opportunities — as head of Tribune’s soon-to-be independent broadcasting operations. A major player with its recent purchase of Local TV LLC, his new portfolio of 42 stations means he can take advantage of improved economies of scale. He also promises more news from the stations, says he’s losing interest in overexposed off-net sitcoms and explains that the newly established Tribune Studios will not be his stations’ only source of first-run programming. [TVNewsCheck]

Fox Developing ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ Adaptation
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a TV adaptation of “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The drama, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel of the same name, will be penned by “Green Lantern” scribe Michael Green. Green will serve as showrunner, and exec produce alongside “The Matrix’s” Erwin Stoff. [Variety]

Ben Wagner and Paige Preusse Named Weekend Evening Anchors at KHBS-KHOG
Ben Wagner and Paige Preusse have been named weekend evening anchors at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s ABC and CW affiliates in Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Ark. Preusse joins the station from WTWO in Terre Haute, Ind., where she was an anchor, reporter and producer. Wagner has been a reporter at KHBS-KHOG since August 2012. [TVSpy]

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