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Darrell Brown named president of KSL Broadcast Group

SALT LAKE CITY — A man with nearly three decades of broadcasting experience has accepted a high-ranking position with KSL Broadcast Group.

Darrell Brown, a seasoned television executive, was named Tuesday as president of KSL Broadcast Group, a division of Bonneville International.

"I am pleased to welcome Darrell to KSL," said Keith McMullin, president and CEO of Deseret Management Corporation, Bonneville's parent company. "He embodies the mission of our organization and brings strong leadership and broadcast experience."

Brown comes to KSL with considerable experience in the broadcasting field. He recently served as president of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, an organization where he worked in various sales and management roles for 28 years. Prior to his role as president, Brown worked as the vice president and general manager of the ABC affiliates in Denver and San Diego.

Brown is a past chairman of the ABC Television Affiliates Association and has served as an executive board member of Minneapolis-based Internet broadcasting systems. He also served on executive boards of non-profit organizations in San Diego and Denver, including the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Better Business Bureau and Boy Scouts of America. Brown is a graduate of BYU.

In his new role, Brown will oversee the day-to-day operations for KSL Television and the Salt Lake radio group. He has been with KSL Broadcast Group in a consulting role since February.

"KSL is a long-standing leader, not just in Utah, but across the broadcast industry," Brown said. "This is a group of stations that builds-up, connects and informs the communities they serve. I am proud to be part of such a team, and look forward to upholding the great legacy that is KSL."

Tanya Vea, KSL's executive vice president of news, said Brown's level of experience and leadership has already impacted the KSL Broadcast Group.

"It is a time of momentous change for all media companies, including our organization," Vea said. "I'm confident that Darrell's addition to our team will only accelerate the momentum at KSL. He is well-respected in the broadcast industry, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him."

The announcement of Brown's new position comes after KSL TV recently won the early evening news at 5 and 6 p.m. in Nielsen's July 2013 sweeps household ratings. KSL TV produced three of the top five newscasts among 13 news programs offered between 4 and 7 p.m.

"Our goal is to strengthen KSL TV's position as the No. 1 source for news, information and entertainment, while at the same time, strengthening our voice in the community around key issues that are affecting Utah families and individuals," Brown said.

KSL TV and the Deseret News are both owned by Deseret Management Corporation.