FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2014
MEDIA GENERAL NAMES GARRY KELLY GENERAL MANAGER OF WSLS-TV IN ROANOKE, VA
Richmond, VA – Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), a local broadcast television and digital media company, today announced that Garry Kelly has been named Vice President and General Manager of WSLS-TV, its NBC affiliate in Roanoke, VA, effective August 11, 2014. Mr. Kelly comes to Media General from Birmingham, AL, where he currently serves as Vice President and News Director for ABC 33/40.
"We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcaster to WSLS," said James R. Conschafter, Vice President of Broadcast Markets for Media General. "Garry has a distinguished background in local television operations and has had broadcast market experience from Denver, Nashville, Huntsville and Birmingham. His focus has always been on serving his community with superior local news. We're pleased to have Garry join Media General and lead our strong team at WSLS."
Mr. Kelly has served as Vice President and News Director at ABC 33/40 since 1996, and he has had the added responsibility as the station's Promotion Director since 2009. He served as News Director of WAFF in Huntsville, AL, from 1992 to 1996, as Assistant News Director for WTVF in Nashville from 1988 to 1992, and as Executive Producer for KMGH in Denver from 1982 to 1988. Mr. Kelly was won more than 100 state A.P. awards, more than 20 Regional Murrow Awards, one National Murrow Award and six Regional Emmys. He began his career as a sports writer for The Miami News, and he attended Miami-Dade College.
Mr. Kelly said, "I am excited about this great opportunity. It will be a privilege to work alongside the people who have contributed so much to the history and growth of the station. The competition in the market is tough, but WSLS has a team of professionals capable of providing the best news coverage and the most community involvement. I look forward to getting to Roanoke and getting to work."
The Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA DMA is the 66th largest television market in the nation, according to Nielsen Media Research.
About Media General, Inc.
Media General, Inc. is a leading local television broadcasting and digital media company, providing top-rated news, information and entertainment in strong markets across the U.S. The company owns or operates 31 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms, in 28 markets. These stations reach 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. Sixteen of the 31 stations are located in the top 75 designated market areas. Media General first entered the local television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA in Tampa, Florida as an NBC affiliate. The company subsequently expanded its station portfolio through acquisition. In November of 2013, Media General and Young Broadcasting merged, combining Media General's 18 stations and Young's 13 stations.
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