Nexstar Selects A Two-Market Tennessee Leader

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With Ron Walter’s retirement at the end of August, Nexstar Media Group had a choice to make on his successor as the head of two Volunteer State markets.


That decision has just been made by the nation’s No. 1 licensee of commercially licensed broadcast TV stations.

Now overseeing Nexstar’s properties in DMA No. 175 — Jackson, Tenn. — and the nation’s 51st ranked market, Memphis, is Fran McRae.

It is a promotion for McRae, who is gaining oversight of WREG-3, the CBS affiliate serving Memphis that Nexstar acquired in its merger with Tribune Broadcasting.

At the same time, McRae will oversee the management of WJKT-TV in Jackson, branded as “FOX 16.”

McRae has served as VP/GM of CBS affiliate KLFY-10 in Lafayette, La., since 2017.

Before that, McRae served as GSM of KSLA-TV in Shreveport, La.

Commenting on her promotion, McRae said, “WREG-TV, WJKT-TV, and wreg.com have an incredible legacy of service to the greater Memphis and Jackson areas, and I am extremely proud to have the chance to work with the talented and experienced staffs of these operations. For many years now, viewers have come to rely on WREG-TV and WJKT-TV for news they can trust, where the stories are told with compassion and context. I look forward to continuing this tradition of service, and to working with the area’s advertisers and marketers to deliver a variety of cross-platform solutions that meet their needs and
exceed their expectations. I can’t wait to get started.”

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