Broadcast Veteran with Career Record of News and Programming Excellence
and Local Revenue Growth to Lead WOI-TV and Associated Digital Operations
DES MOINES, Iowa and IRVING, Texas (July 21, 2014) - Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) announced today that Jon Skorburg has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of WOI-TV (ABC) and the station's associated digital operations, including community web portal WeAreIowa.com, serving the Des Moines, Iowa DMA. Since 2011, Mr. Skorburg has served as Vice President / General Manager of Nexstar's WQRF-TV (FOX) and, through an operating agreement, WTVO (ABC/MNTV) in Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Skorburg's appointment is effective immediately, and he will report to Brian Jones, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting.
Jon Skorburg has over three decades of broadcasting experience in Midwestern and Southwestern markets including Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Texas. During his tenure at WQRF and WTVO, Mr. Skorburg was responsible for Nexstar's Midwest traffic and accounting hubs that serve 19 stations across the region. Prior to joining Nexstar, Mr. Skorburg was the President and CEO of WNWO-TV (NBC) in Toledo, OH, where he consistently exceeded operating and economic goals as he drove increased viewership growth and revenues. Before being promoted to his position at WNWO, Mr. Skorburg served as the Station Manager of WHOI-TV ('06-'07) in Peoria, IL, and WREX-TV ('94-'06) in Rockford, IL, where he developed and led highly effective teams and implemented sales, marketing and new media initiatives that resulted in increased market share and profitability at both stations.
Commenting on the appointment, Brian Jones stated, "Jon has an impressive broadcast background with extensive experience in station management, local and national sales, news production and programming, and strategic planning across multiple operating units and media platforms. He has a proven long-term record of achieving outstanding operating and financial results by implementing innovative programming strategies and leading teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers. With his local broadcasting expertise, strong client relationships, and dedication to the local Midwest communities that he serves, we are confident in Jon's ability to provide effective leadership and to build upon the success of WOI-TV."
Commenting on his new role, Mr. Skorburg stated, "I am very excited to be part of the Des Moines community, I look forward to forging new relationships and becoming an active participant in the economic development of the area. In this role, I will leverage the management experience and relationships built over my career to grow the operations and generate results while providing superior service to our clients, advertisers, and local viewers. Nexstar's strong commitment to the local communities it serves is acknowledged industry-wide and I am proud to have the opportunity to lead the outstanding teams here at WOI-TV and WeAreIowa.com."
Mr. Skorburg is a 1982 graduate of University of Missouri at Columbia where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Jon currently serves as Board Chair of The Rockford Literacy Council, as well as on the boards of the Rockford Area Economic Development Commission and the Workforce Investment Board. He was also former Board Chair for the Rock River chapter of the American Red Cross. He previously served as a Board member of the MDA of Red River Valley, Rockvale Children's Home, and Toledo Ohio American Red Cross. He also served on the National Advisory Board for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Children's Miracle Network.
Throughout his career Mr. Skorburg has received several awards and accolades including the Addy Award for Commercial Production, Missouri Broadcasters Association Award for Public Service, Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Station Promotion, and the American Red Cross Eagle Award, among others.
About Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. Nexstar Broadcasting Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 74 television stations and 19 related digital multicast signals reaching 44 markets or approximately 12.9% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar's portfolio includes affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV, The CW, Telemundo, Bounce TV, Me-TV, Live Well and independent stations. Nexstar's 43 community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities.
Pro-forma for the completion of all announced transactions Nexstar will own, operate, program or provides sales and other services to 108 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 56 markets or approximately 16.0% of all U.S. television households.
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