Former WKRN News2 General Manager Deb McDermott has been named CEO of the holding company that owns the local station as well as media properties in 10 other markets.
McDermott has been president of Young Broadcasting since 2004 and helped steer the company through its early-2009 voluntary bankruptcy filing. Her promotion was effective Jan. 1 and she will keep the role of president, which she has held since 2004.
McDermott was a member of Young's board of directors from April 2004 until August 2009. Before being named president in 2004, she served as vice president of operations for Young for eight years and GM of WKRN. She also is a director of the Nashville Bank & Trust and a member of the South Dakota State University Foundation Council of Trustees.
Thomas Sullivan, executive board chairman of Young, said McDermott "has successfully guided Young Broadcasting through a transition period and positioned it as one of the strongest and most financially secure multi-platform broadcast companies in the business. We look forward to Deb's continued leadership of the business in her new role as we grow the Company's revenue, profitability and footprint."
In addition to News2, Young's largest holdings are in San Francisco, Albany and Knoxville.