“As much of the media business shifts focus to building global platforms, the CEO of the company that is about to become the largest owner of TV stations in the country is passionately preaching the gospel of local,” Variety reports. “Perry Sook, president and CEO of Texas-based Nexstar Media Group, is a seasoned broadcast TV executive who steered Nexstar’s $4.1 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. That deal, if approved by regulators, will bring together more than 200 stations under the roof of the company Sook founded in 1996 with a single station in Scranton, Pa.”
Variety adds: “Nexstar pounced on Tribune after the latter’s previous sale agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group collapsed amid regulatory opposition and acrimony between Sinclair and Tribune executives. (Nexstar had also been in the hunt in the first go-round for Tribune Media).”
In a profile of Sook, Variety notes that he has worked in local media throughout his career, getting his start as a radio DJ in Punxsutawney, Pa., and later working as a news anchor in Clarksburg, W.Va.
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Variety to read the publication’s feature on Sook.