Press Release: NBC 5 CHICAGO NAMES BRANDIN STEWART VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

CHICAGO – July 7, 2014 – NBC 5 Chicago today announced that it has named Brandin Stewart Vice President of Sales effective immediately. Stewart reports to David Doebler, President and General Manager of the station.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Brandin to Chicago,” said Doebler. “His proven leadership and success combined with his cross-platform experience with national, local and business development sales makes him the right person to lead our already high-performing sales team at NBC 5.”

Stewart brings more than 15 years of experience to his new roles, having worked in sales positions of increasing responsibility within the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations group over the last 12 years.

Most recently, Stewart was Vice President of Sales for NBC 7 San Diego for the last two years. In San Diego, Stewart contributed toward growing the station’s revenue and increasing its market share.

Prior to his role at NBC 7, Stewart was the Director of Business Development Sales at NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS, where he and his team took an innovative approach to bringing in dozens of new accounts, which led to new revenue opportunities and a boost in market share. He also held sales roles at NBCUniversal’s National Sales Office and began his local broadcast career as a Sales Associate with the highly competitive NBC Sales Associates Program.

“It is my pleasure to be working for NBC 5 Chicago,” said Stewart. “NBC 5 has such a deep rooted tradition in the Chicago market and they have always been a leader on-air and on-line. Together our sales staff will continue to deliver top quality service to our clients, while providing creative solutions that meet clients’ needs.”

Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Kentucky’s College of Business. He and his family reside in Chicago.

About NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ

NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ) is the NBCUniversal owned television station in Chicago. On October 8, 1948, the station, then called WNBQ-TV, transmitted its first telecast from the Merchandise Mart—the third game of the Indians-Braves World Series in Cleveland, Ohio. The station’s current call letters, WMAQ-TV, were established in 1964. During NBC5 Chicago’s rich history, the station pioneered a number of television “firsts.” On April 15, 1956, NBC 5 became the world’s first allcolor station. In September of 1986, NBC 5 became the first Chicago commercial station to broadcast in stereo. In 1989, NBC 5 was the first Chicago station to present closed captioning of all local newscasts. Currently, NBC 5 airs over 30 hours of local news per week in HD on its core channel. NBC5 launched its digital channel 5.2 in Nov. 2010. It was rebranded in Jan. 2013 as COZI TV, a mix of retro series, movies and original programming. Viewers can also follow NBC 5 on NBCChicago.com for the latest news, weather, original franchises and streamed original content.

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