Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Blumenthal said: “Pat has been an integral part of the growth and success of WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV and brings proven leadership to his role as the new General Manager of those stations. He has strong local ties within the community and a clear understanding of the responsibilities that we have in serving our viewers.”Prior to Mr. Abouzeid’s promotion to President and General Manager of WDTN-TV and WBDT-TV, he held the position of News Director for WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV. He launched his career at WHDH-TV in Boston, MA, after studying journalism at Boston University. During his eight-year tenure at WHDH-TV, he worked his way up from a newsroom intern to the ranks of Managing Editor. In 2002, WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV hired Mr. Abouzeid as Managing Editor. He was promoted to Assistant News Director in 2004 and News Director in 2005. Under his guidance, the WPRI-TV Eyewitness News climbed to number one in evening news with key demos aged 18-54 i for the first time in years, and both stations have won numerous awards. In his new role, Mr. Abouzeid will oversee the day-to-day operations of Dayton’s NBC and CW stations. “As News Director, Joe transformed the stations’ largest single department into a multi-faceted operation with award-winning, multiplatform content creators that work hand-in-hand with every department in a cohesive way,” stated Mr. Blumenthal. “He brings a skill set to the market that will be very important to the growth and development of our stations in Dayton.” About LIN Media LIN Media is a local multimedia company that operates or services 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 U.S. markets, along with a diverse portfolio of web sites, apps and mobile products that make it more convenient to access its unique and relevant content on multiple screens.
LIN Media’s highly-rated television stations deliver important local news and community stories along with top-rated sports and entertainment programming to 10.5% of U.S. television homes. The Company’s digital media operations focus on emerging media and interactive technologies that deliver performance-driven digital marketing solutions to some of the nation’s most respected agencies and brands. LIN TV Corp. (“LIN Media”) is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “TVL”.i Nielsen’s July 2012 ratings analysis of 5-6:30pm news using key demographics aged 18-54. Nielsen data included in this press release represents Nielsen’s estimates, and Nielsen has neither reviewed nor approved the data included in this press release.