LIN Media has named Les Vann president and GM of CBS affiliate WISH and MyTV affiliate WNDY in Indianapolis. The station group also named Steve Doerr acting GM of WJCL in Savannah.
Doerr replaces Vann, who was the president and GM of the Savannah, GA, LIN owned ABC affiliate.
“Les has done a terrific job in Savannah, rebuilding and launching a new brand, transforming its news department and strengthening the station’s commitment to localism,”Jay Howell, LIN Media’s VP of Television said in a statement. “He brings a unique skill set to WISH-‐TV and WNDY-‐TV that will be very important to these stations’ growth and development.”
CBS recently announced it is switching its CBS affiliation from LIN Media’s WISH to Tribune’s WTTV, starting January 2015.
Before working for LIN, Vann had been GM of WKRC in Cincinnati and had managed stations in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. Doerr comes to LIN after working as VP and group manager, Northeast Region for Smith Media.