Gray Television announces new CEOs for select Meredith markets
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ATLANTA, November 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Gray Television, Inc. (“Gray”) (NYSE: GTN) today announced that several of its current managing directors will take over the management of the television stations Gray will acquire from Meredith Corporation (“Meredith”) upon closing. of Gray’s acquisition of Meredith’s local media group, which the parties expect to take place in December 2021.
Gray’s senior management appreciates the loyal service that the current CEOs of these stations have rendered to these Meredith TV stations and their local communities. Nonetheless, after careful consideration and analysis over the past few months, Gray concluded that immediate changes in some Meredith markets would facilitate the rapid integration of these stations into Gray’s portfolio of major local TV stations and digital platforms. local. Over the next few days, Gray will announce further CEO moves and promotions at its current TV stations to fill the openings created by today’s announcement.
In Atlanta, Georgia (DMA 6), ErI SvshraDer will become the Managing Director of WGCL (CBS) and WPCH (PeachtreeTV). Erik has been the Managing Director of WOIO (CBS) and WUAB (CW) in Cleveland, Ohio, since 2016. While at WOIO, the station underwent a major rebranding, saw a sharp increase in ratings and revenue. , and has been at the forefront of OTT innovation. Previously, Erik was Managing Director at KSNW in Wichita, Kansas, and WIAT in Birmingham, Alabama. He started his career in news production before becoming a journalist, sports director and, in several markets, news director. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.
In Phoenix, Arizona (DMA 12), Debbi.e. Byoush will become the Managing Director of KPHO (CBS) and KTVK (3TV). For the past seven years, Debbie has served as General Manager of Gray’s WXIX (FOX) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously, she was the Managing Director of (then Raycom, now Gray) television stations KOLD in Tucson, Arizona, and WFIE in Evansville, Indiana. Debbie has held a variety of news roles including news director in Kansas City, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, among other cities.
In Nashville, Tennessee (DMA 30), JasmIme Hatvsher DifficultIm will become the Managing Director of WSMV (NBC). For the past several years, she served as National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, and then General Manager of Gray’s WVLT (CBS) and WBXX (CW) in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is originally from Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media, where she serves on the Alumni Council. Under his leadership, WVLT received Gray Television Station of the Year in 2019, won the Regional News Excellence Award in 2020, and recently received two National Edward R. Murrow Awards.
In Kansas City, Missouri, (DMA 32), aDDw SteWashingtonrt will become the Managing Director of KCTV (CBS) and KSMO (MyNetwork). For the past three years, Andrew has served as General Manager of Gray’s WOWT (NBC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Andrew has over 35 years of broadcasting experience. He spent nearly eight years as Managing Director of Sinclair of Northern California, where he led an operation made up of ten network subsidiaries in three markets in Northern California. He has also held general manager and sales management positions in Tucson, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and previously served as general manager of television sales for former Lee Enterprises.
In Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (DMA 38), BrYesvse CalDwell will become the Managing Director of WHNS (FOX). Since 2019, Bryce has served as Managing Director of KTTC (NBC) in Rochester, Minnesota, which Gray recently acquired from Quincy Media. Prior to joining KTTC, he was General Manager of WTNZ (FOX) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and previously worked in sales at WATE (ABC) in Knoxville. Bryce began his broadcast career in Nashville, Tennessee and also held sales positions in Orlando, Florida.
In Mobile, Alabama (DMA 57), ErI DUNvsa will become the Managing Director of WALA (FOX). He has been the Managing Director of Gray’s KOLD (CBS) in Tucson, Arizona for the past three years. Eric previously served as Managing Director of KXXV (ABC) in Waco, Texas, and WSFA (NBC) in Montgomery, Alabama, then owned by Raycom Media. Eric has held various sales positions with television stations in Dallas, Austin and Lubbock, Texas.
Aboyout GrYes Televisiom:
Gray Television, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the largest owner of top-rated local TV stations and digital assets in the United States. Following its anticipated acquisition of television stations from Meredith Corporation, Gray will become the nation’s second largest television broadcaster, with television stations serving 113 markets reaching approximately 36% of U.S. television households. The pro forma portfolio includes 79 markets with the highest rated TV channel and 101 markets with the first and / or second highest rated TV channel according to Comscore audience measurement data. Gray also owns video, marketing and digital program production businesses including Raycom Sports, Tupelo Honey and RTM Studios, program and content producer PowerNation and is the majority owner of Swirl Films.
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