Accomplished Industry Executive to Oversee Television and Digital Media Local Content Initiatives Company-wide
IRVING, Texas – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) announced today that Susan Tully has been appointed Senior Vice President of Local Content Development, a newly created position at the Company. The appointment reflects Nexstar’s expanding scale and strategy to appoint accomplished broadcast and digital media leaders to oversee the development of its innovative multi-platform local news and community-focused content on a group-wide, regional and local basis, while strengthening its service to viewers, clients, advertisers and brands. The appointment is effective immediately and Ms. Tully will report to Blake Russell, Executive Vice President, Station Operations and Content Development of Nexstar Media Group.
In her new role, Ms. Tully will oversee the corporate content development team and will be responsible for managing the development and execution of the Company’s strategic local content and viewer engagement initiatives across its broadcast and digital operations in 100 U.S. markets. She will also be responsible for advancing the Company’s multi-platform approach for its local news programming and content with a strong emphasis on “digital first,” as well as initiatives focused on brand development, social media engagement, ratings leadership and excellence in viewer and client experience and service. Ms. Tully will work across the Nexstar organization to develop local programming and content strategies, refine production standards and best practices, develop creative collaborations and content partnerships, and establish corporate and regional business objectives.
An accomplished local media executive, Susan Tully brings over 30 years of experience to her new role, with expertise in local news programming and production, digital and social media integration, content monetization, strategic planning and brand positioning across multiple media platforms. Prior to joining Nexstar, Ms. Tully was with NBC Owned Television Stations for 28 years where she most recently served as President and General Manager of WVIT-TV (NBC) and WRDM-TV (Telemundo) in Hartford, CT (DMA #33). During her tenure, she directed the successful repositioning and expansion of the stations’ news programming, managing all aspects of local branding, creative development, news studio/set construction and talent recruitment. In addition, she improved WRDM-TV’s Spanish-language coverage, created unique content partnerships with local sports franchises and identified new opportunities to differentiate the stations from the market competition.
Prior to that, Ms. Tully served as Vice President and News Director of KXAS-TV in Dallas, TX (DMA #5), where she undertook the dual responsibilities of leading the NBC Owned Television Stations’ news director communications and group meetings and coordinating the organization-wide coverage of the Olympic Games. While at KXAS-TV, Ms. Tully played a critical role in managing the construction of the station’s new broadcast facility, built an award-winning Investigative Team and developed innovative content strategies, including a unique content partnership with the Dallas Morning News. Earlier in her career at NBC, she was the Assistant News Director at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and Managing Editor of KNSD-TV in San Diego. Prior to NBC, she served in news production and reporting roles in various Texas markets.
Commenting on the appointment, Blake Russell, said, “In order to maintain our industry-wide reputation of delivering exceptional local content and service in our markets, we created this new position to ensure that we have the best resources in place to support our content strategies across our expanded scale immediately upon closing the pending Tribune transaction.
“Susan is an outstanding broadcasting leader who has a long-term record of developing highly-successful content strategies that drive viewership and revenue share growth, as well as a deep understanding of changing consumer media consumption preferences and device usage. She has been instrumental in transforming station and group-wide news operations through the production of unique local content that entertains and informs audiences across all screens and devices. Importantly, her approach to cross-platform storytelling and her ability to leverage the value of local content creation across multiple platforms builds lasting connections with viewers, while delivering effective results for advertisers. Throughout her career, she has strengthened programming and content production through talent acquisition, exclusive partnerships and digital and mobile content strategies that further enhance audience reach and engagement. Susan is an exceptional addition to the Nexstar senior management team and we are confident in her ability to continue advancing the innovative local programming, community-focused content and digital products and services that we proudly provide to local communities and advertisers across the United States.”
Susan Tully added, “Nexstar’s strong commitment to innovation and the advancement of content creation and digital technology capabilities, were strong factors in attracting me to this position. In this role, I will leverage my news programming, local content production and management experience to identify new opportunities to drive revenue and market share growth through exciting group-wide content and audience engagement initiatives. Our objective is to be consumers’ and advertisers’ first choice across all screens and devices in each of the markets where we operate and I look forward to working with Blake and the entire Local Content Development Team to develop strategies for growth and expansion while ensuring the Company remains on the technological forefront of cross-platform content production.”
Ms. Tully obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio, Television and Film from Sam Houston State University in 1981. She recently served on the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Board of Directors. Ms. Tully was deeply involved in the local Hartford community, recently serving on the Board of Directors on behalf of a number of organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, the United Way and the American Red Cross of Connecticut.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media 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 174 full power television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s 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 provide sales and other services to 197 television stations and their related low power and digital multicast signals reaching 115 markets or nearly 63% of all U.S. television households. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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