Media General moves the digital content director from its CBS station in Spartanburg, S.C., to oversee its Johnson City, Tenn., CBS affil as vice president and general manager.
Media General Inc. on Tuesday named Allan D. (Dan) Cates VP-GM of its CBS affiliate WJHL Johnson City, Tenn. (DMA 96), effective Sept. 3. He succeeds Jack Dempsey who resigned from WJHL in June.
Since 2009, Cates has been director of digital content at WSPA, Media General’s CBS affiliate in Spartanburg, S.C., where he led news, marketing, production and digital operations for WSPA and Media General’s CW affiliate, WYCW.
From 1999 to 2009, he was news director at WKRG-TV, Media General’s CBS affiliate in Mobile, Ala., where he managed news and was later given additional responsibilities overseeing marketing and production. Under Cates’ leadership, WKRG earned a National Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in journalism.
Prior to joining Media General, Cates was assistant news director at WBMA Birmingham, Ala. Before that, he served in news and marketing management positions in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala.
Cates graduated from Troy University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism. He is a 2007 graduate of Media General’s Leadership Development Program and in 2010 was a Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenburg School for Communication and Journalism.