AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LIN Media LLC ("LIN Media")(NYSE:LIN), a local multimedia company, today announced that Les Vann has been named President and General Manager of WISH-TV and WNDY-TV in Indianapolis, IN.
Mr. Vann is a veteran broadcast executive with more than 20 years of television station management experience. He steps in to his new role at LIN Media after serving as President and General Manager of WJCL-TV in Savannah, GA since January 2013. Prior to LIN Media, Mr. Vann was Vice-President and General Manager of WKRC-TV and Local 12.2 in Cincinnati, OH, the 35th largest television market in the U.S. He has also managed television stations in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York.
Mr. Vann will continue reporting to Jay Howell, LIN Media’s Vice President Television. In announcing the appointment, Mr. Howell said, “Les has done a terrific job in Savannah, rebuilding and launching a new brand, transforming its news department and strengthening the station’s commitment to localism. He brings a unique skill set to WISH-TV and WNDY-TV that will be very important to these stations’ growth and development.”
“I am excited to join the team at WISH-TV and WNDY-TV at a moment of great opportunity to enhance the stations’ strong community presence and develop innovative strategies that will drive new opportunities. Indianapolis has long been one of my favorite cities and I am eager to become immersed in their great traditions.”
Mr. Vann is committed to civic involvement and has been active in every community in which he has lived since he launched his broadcasting career in 1977. He served on numerous non-profit boards, including the United Way Savannah, Urban League and The Neediest Kids of All, was President of three Parent Teacher Associations in Illinois, coached youth baseball, soccer and basketball, as well as served as Commissioner for a youth baseball league.
Mr. Vann received his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Illinois State University and also attended the Broadcasters Executive Training program at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He will reside in Indianapolis with Shannon Vann, his wife of more than 35 years.
The Company also announced that Steve Doerr has been appointed acting General Manager for WJCL-TV. Most recently, Mr. Doerr was Vice President/Group Manager – Northeast Region for Smith Media LLC, where he managed five network affiliated stations and digital platforms in Central New York and New England through the transitional period as the businesses were marketed and sold.
About LIN Media
LIN Media is a local multimedia company that operates or services 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 U.S. markets, and a diverse portfolio of websites, apps and mobile products that make it more convenient to access its unique and relevant content on multiple screens.
LIN Media’s highly-rated television stations deliver important local news and community stories along with top-rated sports and entertainment programming to 10.5% of U.S. television homes. The Company’s digital media operations focus on emerging media and interactive technologies that deliver performance-driven digital marketing solutions to some of the nation’s most respected agencies and brands. LIN Media LLC trades on the NYSE under the symbol “LIN”. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information and can be accessed at www.linmedia.com.