Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders: The 2022 List


By popular demand, RBR+TVBR’s reader-generated BROADCAST TELEVISION’S BEST LEADERS honor roll is back. And, there are big changes in the ranks from 2020.

For the fourth consecutive year, nominations made by RBR+TVBR readers — in other words, people who know the television industry from the inside — fueled staff research and editorial evaluation in shaping our rankings, which began in 2020.

Much has changed since 2019, let alone in the last year. The voluntary rollout of ATSC 3.0 is bringing NEXTGEN TV to new markets at a swift clip. Mergers and acquisitions continue to consolidate broadcast television, resulting in the departures of leaders at Quincy Media, Inc., and Meredith Local Media from our rankings. Those companies have faded into history, with most of their assets today a part of Gray Television.

Gray’s growth is reflected in the rankings, which take into account 2021 full-year revenue, number of stations, market rankings, and reader nominations. As such, there are some big moves. Last year’s No. 1 is no longer in that spot, nor is last year’s No. 2.  That said, they are still among the top-ranked leaders in an industry that is driven by live programming and local content.

Many of these leaders will likely be in attendance at the 2022 NAB Show in Las Vegas, the first conference and exposition for the National Association of Broadcasters since our first alphabetical Honor Roll of Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders appeared. And, that’s where all will be able to gain a copy of the Spring 2022 RBR+TVBR Special Edition — the ONLY place you’ll find the full list in print.

While the print edition of this magazine will be distributed at the NAB Show, you can access it now via Issuu. Or, if you’re a subscriber, check that inbox for our email from April 12 with a download link.