SBG Names Dan Mellon GM of WJLA; Names Tony D’Angelo GM in Columbus
Contact: Steve Marks, COO
DAN MELLON TO OVERSEE WJLA-TV AND NEWS CHANNEL 8 IN THE WASHINGTON D.C. MARKET; PROMOTES TONY D’ANGELO TO GENERAL MANAGER IN THE COLUMBUS, OHIO MARKET
Baltimore, MD (August 19, 2014) – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that Dan Mellon will be the General Manager of WJLA (ABC) and local cable news network, NewsChannel 8 (“NC8”), in the Washington D.C. market. The Company also announced that Tony D’Angelo has been promoted to General Manager of WSYX (ABC) in the Columbus, Ohio market. Mr. D’Angelo will also be responsible for the oversight of WTTE (FOX), which is programmed by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement, and will oversee sales and other non-programming related services of WWHO (CW) pursuant to a joint sales and shared services agreement. The announcement was made by Steve Marks, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair’s television group.
In making the announcement, Mr. Marks said, “I am excited to announce the promotions of Dan and Tony. They have been loyal employees of the Company with a history of success in leading our stations, especially in Columbus, one of our largest and most important markets. Through Dan’s leadership, WTTE recently became the highest rated FOX affiliate across the country in late news in key demographics. We have the utmost confidence in Dan’s ability to lead and grow WJLA and NC8, our now largest broadcast operation. As Dan assumes his new responsibilities, we believe Tony is the perfect choice to continue and build upon our dominant position in Columbus, particularly given his familiarity with our advertisers and the community and having been a part of the management team that has grown the stations.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the entire WJLA team as Sinclair expands its footprint to our nation’s Capital,” commented Mr. Mellon. “In addition to having a world class local television station in Washington, the full-blown news operations at WJLA and NC8 connects the station to breaking news events at all branches of our Federal government and allows Sinclair an immediate conduit to provide our local news stations across the country access to their representatives and the decision making that impacts our viewers. With WJLA and NC8 servicing multiple markets in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, we believe there is much more we can do to assist our advertisers and bring meaningful content to our viewers.”
“I welcome the opportunity to continue my career with Sinclair in Columbus, Ohio, and I am looking forward to leading and working with the teams,” commented Mr. D’Angelo. “These are exceptional stations with exceptional personnel who are committed to the highest standard of performance.”
Mr. Mellon has served as Group Manager of Sinclair’s stations since 2006. From 2005 to 2006, he was General Manager for Sinclair’s station, WSYX (ABC) in Columbus, Ohio, and was responsible for the oversight of WTTE (FOX), which is programmed by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. He also oversaw the sales and other non-programming related services of WWHO (CW), pursuant to a joint sales and shared services agreement. Prior to that, he served as General Manager of KOVR (CBS) in Sacramento, CA, a station Sinclair owned from 2001 to 2005. From 1998 to 2001, he was General Manager for WUCW, Sinclair’s CW affiliate in Minneapolis, MN. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Mellon served as Director of Sales and as National Sales Manager for various CBS television station groups. Prior to that and since 1985, Mr. Mellon worked for several companies where he served as Sales Manager and Account Executive. Mr. Mellon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University in New York.
Mr. D’Angelo has served as Director of Sales at WSYX (ABC), WTTE (FOX) and WWHO (CW) in Columbus, Ohio since 2003. Prior to that and from 1996, he served in various sales management positions with Sinclair stations in Columbus, Ohio, including General Sales Manager at WTTE from 1996 through 2003. From 1993 to 1996, he was the National and Local Sales Manager at WFSB (CBS) in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to that, he held various management positions at various companies. Mr. D’Angelo has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University, College of Radio and Television.
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