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Steven Smith Appointed Executive Chairman of INYO Broadcast Holdings

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INYO Broadcast Holdings has appointed veteran broadcaster Steven J. Smith as Executive Chairman. Smith will also join INYO’s operating committee as the newly formed television company works toward the closing of its acquisition of 23 TV stations from ION Media Networks Inc.

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Steven J. Smith (Photo: Business Wire)

Steven J. Smith (Photo: Business Wire)

“Given his long tenure in the broadcast business, Steve is deeply immersed in the community and the public responsibilities associated with being a local television broadcaster,” said John Chachas, INYO’s CEO. “He is highly respected in the industry, and we look forward to benefiting from his decades of experience as we build INYO.”

Smith is the retired Chairman and CEO of the former Journal Communications Inc. (NYSE: JRN). He was elected CEO in March 1998 and Chairman in December 1998. He retired from Journal in April 2015 after successfully selling the company. Smith’s career spanned over 40 years, beginning with Journal’s broadcast division in 1976. He served in general management roles at Journal’s radio and television stations and eventually oversaw Journal Broadcast Group.

In April 2015, Smith became Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Journal Media Group (NYSE: JMG), the public newspaper enterprise. He served in that capacity until April 2016, when JMG was sold to Gannett (NYSE: GCI).

During his many years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Smith served as Chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Committee (2005-2007), Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Medical College of Wisconsin (2006-2008), Chairman of the Faye Mc Beath Foundation (2005-2008) and co-chair of the Safe and Sound Initiative (1998-2001).

Smith also has served on the board of the Newspaper Association of America (2006-2014). He received a bachelor’s of arts degree from The University of Wisconsin Madison.

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