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June 10, 2015


RICHMOND, VA – Media General, Inc. ("Media General"; NYSE: MEG), one of the nation's largest connected-screen media companies, today announced that Steve Watt has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of WKRN-TV, its ABC affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Watt was promoted to this position after serving as the station's General Sales Manager since 2008. During his tenure, he successfully built WKRN-TV's brand recognition with advertisers, developed innovative sales strategies, and led the sales organization through a period of unprecedented growth. He will succeed Stan Knott who was elevated to Vice President of Broadcast Markets for Media General.

Commenting on the announcement, Deborah A. McDermott, Chief Operating Officer for Media General, said: "Steve is a highly strategic and skilled broadcast executive who has been involved in every aspect of WKRN's operation. He brings a forward-thinking approach to news, sales and promotions across all screens. He also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers. He is the ideal candidate and very deserving of this promotion."

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to grow my leadership role at WKRN," said Steve Watt. "It's an honor to work alongside the talented team at News 2 who are committed to serving Nashville's vibrant community. We will continue to evolve our first-class news product across all screens and provide innovative business solutions for our advertising partners. I am beyond excited when I think about our station's future."

Mr. Watt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Iowa State University. He launched his broadcasting career as a reporter at WOI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Subsequently, he worked in sales and management positions in Quad Cities, Iowa, including serving as General Manager of the Quad Cities Radio group from 1996-1998. Mr. Watt joined WKRN-TV in 2004 as a Local Sales Manager.

About Media General

Media General is one of the nation's largest connected-screen media companies that operates or services 71 television stations in 48 markets, along with the industry's leading digital media business. Our robust portfolio of broadcast, digital and mobile products informs and engages 23% of U.S. TV households and 46% of the U.S. Internet audience.

Media General has one of the industry's largest and most diverse digital media businesses that includes LIN Mobile, Federated Media, HYFN, Dedicated Media and BiteSizeTV, all under the LIN Digital banner. With unmatched local-to-national reach and integrated marketing solutions, Media General is a one-stop-shop for agencies and brands that want to effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences across all screens.

Media General trades on the NYSE under the symbol “MEG.”

Courtney Guertin
Director, Marketing & Communications