Speaker Biography

Sean Compton 

TitlePresident Strategic Programming & Acquisitions, Tribune Media
BioSean Compton is President of Strategic Programming and Acquisitions for Tribune Company where he oversees programming for 42 Tribune television stations and nationally distributed digital networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Compton also oversees acquisitions for WGN America, Tribune Broadcasting’s nationally distributed cable, satellite and telco network.

While at the helm of Tribune’s Programming department, Compton created Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network. Established in 2011, Antenna TV has become one of the country’s fastest growing networks. In 2016, under Compton’s guidance, Antenna TV brought Johnny Carson back to late night, the first time the show has been seen on air in a strip since Carson retired in 1992.

Compton is responsible for all of the company’s recent high-profile acquisitions including; DailyMailTV, The Goldbergs and Black-ish.

Compton, who spent 19 years in radio before joining Tribune, was formerly VP of programming for Clear Channel Radio and Premiere Radio Networks, there he created and developed radio programs and features built around high-profile talent such as Donald Trump, Bob Costas and Ryan Seacrest. Compton was also responsible for the acquisition of Sean Hannity for Premiere Radio Networks, one of the most listened to programs in the US.

In April 2008 at age 34, Compton was named SVP Programming and Entertainment for Tribune and in 2010, at the age of 36, he was elevated to President.

Compton currently serves on the Promax Advisory Committee, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Station Group Summit and is a regular speaker at media industry conferences. In 2010, he was named as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40”.

Compton currently lives with his wife and three sons in Chicago, IL.