Company’s former Peoria news director to oversee station group’s news operations.
Nexstar Broadcasting today named Christopher Manson vice president of news. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 46 TV stations in 27 markets. Manson will report to Nexstar President and CEO Perry A. Sook.
“Achieving excellence in local news programming is a core focus at Nexstar,” said Sook. “As a result, the company’s local news programs are rated first or second in 75% of our markets and represent an important resource for viewers and valuable medium for advertisers. As an award-winning journalist and news professional, Chris Manson brings a career of distinguished accomplishment to his new role. We are confident that his depth of industry experience will be valuable in our continued focus on elevating our news franchises.”
Manson joined Nexstar in 1999 with responsibility for overseeing news programming at the company’s CBS affiliate in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., market. In 2000 he was appointed news director at WMBD (CBS) and WYZZ (Fox) in Peoria, Ill.
Manson began his broadcast career with the American Forces Radio and Television Service, serving in both Japan and Greece. Following his military service, he began his commercial broadcast career in the Monterey-Salinas, CA market. He has worked at both Fox and CBS affiliates as an assignment editor, producer, executive producer and assistant news director.
“Nexstar,” said Manson, “is committed to producing quality newscasts in the communities it serves. I look forward to working closely with Nexstar’s dedicated news professionals in each market and extending the company’s track record of news leadership.”