WTTW cuts two execs for ‘budgetary reasons’

Window to the World Communications

Window to the World Communications

Two senior management positions at WTTW-Channel 11 were eliminated this week in response to a budgetary shortfall at parent company Window to the World Communications.

Parke Richeson, senior vice president of WTTW National Productions and a 27-year veteran of the company, and Mark Jahnke, vice president and chief technology officer at WTTW, were the highest profile employees affected by the latest reductions.

A WTTW spokeswoman confirmed that Richeson and Jahnke had departed for “budgetary reasons.” She declined further comment Tuesday.

Sources said other jobs have been cut in recent weeks, including several part-time producers assigned to “Chicago Tonight,” the station’s nightly news program.

Richeson joined WTTW in 1989 as controller and director of finance, and was named senior vice president of business development and finance in 1995, and executive in charge of national productions in 2005.

Jahnke has headed technical and engineering operations for the company since 2013. He previously was director of engineering at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 and WPWR-Channel 50, and director of broadcast operations and engineering at City Colleges of Chicago’s WYCC-Channel 20.

In addition to the noncommercial public television station, Window to the World Communications also owns the commercial classical music station WFMT FM 98.7.