The E.W. Scripps Company, one of the largest independent owners of television stations, has made a number of changes among its high-level executives.
The company, which owns 33 television stations in 24 markets reaching almost one in five U.S. households, moved three executives into larger roles involving oversight of the entire TV division. Debbie Turner was named vice president of TV operations for Scripps, with Ed Fernandez and Steve Wasserman both taking on the title of vice president and divisional general manager for Scripps.
As a result of these promotions, Scripps appointed three new general managers serving Nashville, Detroit and West Palm Beach: Lyn Plantinga is the new VP and GM for WTVF-TV in Nashville, Mike Murri is the new VP and GM for WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV in Detroit and Lloyd Bucher is the new VP and GM for WPTV in West Palm Beach.
Said Brian Lawlor, senior VP of the Scripps Broadcast division: “As we look to define Scripps as a local media company that supports platforms and devices beyond TV, Lyn, Mike and Lloyd are progressive leaders who represent the modern view of what it means to run a market-leading media organization. They each understand the intersection of media consumption in a TV, mobile and social world and will guide their local brands to continued media leadership in each of these great cities.”
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