Tuesday, April 11, 2006

WMBD News Director To Go Corporate

Nexstar has promoted WMBD News Director Chris Manson to Vice President of News. Congrats, Chris! I included Chris in an old post about six degrees.

From Business Wire

Nexstar Broadcasting Names Chris Manson Vice President of News; Twenty-Five Year Broadcasting Veteran to Oversee Nexstar's Leading Local News Franchises
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 10, 2006--Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that Christopher Manson, 46, has been named Vice President of News. Mr. Manson will report to Nexstar Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Perry A. Sook.
Mr. Sook commented, "Achieving excellence in local news programming is a core focus at Nexstar. As a result, the Company's local news programs are rated first or second in 75% of our markets and represent an important resource for viewers and valuable medium for advertisers. As an award-winning journalist and news professional, Chris Manson brings a career of distinguished accomplishment to his new role. We are confident that his depth of industry experience will be valuable in our continued focus on elevating our news franchises."
Chris Manson brings twenty-five years of broadcast experience to his new position. He joined Nexstar in 1999 with responsibility for overseeing news programming at the Company's CBS television station in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania market. In 2000 he was appointed News Director at WMBD (CBS) and WYZZ (FOX) in Peoria, Illinois. WMBD's news, weather and sports programming is regarded as the most honored in the market and in this year's Illinois Broadcasters Association annual awards, the station was nominated for twelve awards in ten categories including best news anchor, best daytime newscast, best early evening newscast, best reporting on hard news, best non-public affairs program and best sportscast. The station also earned nominations for best editorial, best commercial produced on behalf of an advertiser, best self-promotion campaign and best self-promotion using another media.
Mr. Manson began his broadcast career with the American Forces Radio and Television Service, serving in both Japan and Greece. Following his military service, he began his commercial broadcast career in the Monterey-Salinas, CA market. He has worked at both FOX and CBS affiliates as an assignment editor, producer, executive producer, and assistant news director.
Mr. Manson stated, "Nexstar is committed to producing quality newscasts in the communities it serves. I look forward to working closely with Nexstar's dedicated news professionals in each market and extending the company's track record of news leadership."
In 1986 Chris Manson graduated first in his class at The Pennsylvania State University, earning Phi Beta Kappa distinction and BA degrees with Distinction in Journalism and Middle Eastern History. While in Peoria, he served as a faculty member at Bradley University where he has taught writing and communications.

1 comment:

Dark Charmer said...

All I must state is this Congrats Chris and to all those at WMBD that have acheived greatness regardless of recent promotion or tenure, in my eyes YOU ALL ROCK