FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2014
MEDIA GENERAL NAMES ANDY ALFORD GENERAL MANAGER OF WFLA-TV IN TAMPA, FL
Richmond, VA –(NYSE: MEG), a local broadcast television and digital media company, today announced that Andy Alford has been named Vice President and General Manager of WFLA, its NBC affiliate in Tampa, FL, effective August 1, 2014. Mr. Alford is currently Vice President of Sales for Media General, and Vice President and General Manager of WTEN in Albany, NY.
"We are delighted to name such a talented and experienced broadcaster as Andy to be our new General Manager at WFLA," said Deborah A. McDermott, Senior Vice President-Broadcast Markets for Media General. "Andy is a 30-year veteran in the broadcast industry, and he has large market experience, having previously served as General Manager of WGCL in Atlanta, a Top 10 DMA. In addition to extensive GM experience, Andy has a long track record of success as a broadcast executive. He is the ideal leader for WFLA."
Mr. Alford has served as Vice President and General Manager of WTEN, an ABC affiliate, since 2010. WTEN maintains shared services and joint sales agreements with Shield Media, the owner of WXXA, the Fox affiliate in Albany. He will continue to serve as Vice President of Sales for Media General, a position he has held since June 1, 2014. Before moving to Albany, Mr. Alford spent a total of seven years at WGCL in Atlanta, most recently as Vice President and General Manager and, prior to that, as Station Manager and General Sales Manager. Prior to working in Atlanta, he was General Sales Manager of WOFL in Orlando, FL. Mr. Alford also has served in management roles in Syracuse, NY and Rochester, NY. He grew up in Rochester and began his broadcast career in sales at WHEC. Mr. Alford has been involved in a number of industry and community organizations, including the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish, Georgia Association of Broadcasters, The Southeast Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement for Northeastern New York.
Mr. Alford said, "This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA."
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota DMA is the 14th 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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