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Ion Chief Burgess Extends Deal

Brandon Burgess, chairman and CEO of Ion Media, has extended his role at the company through 2019. Ion Television reaches 98 million homes. The group has 60 full-power stations.

Burgess made note of a turnaround strategy at Ion, which emerged from a seven-month stint in bankruptcy late in 2009.

“We are pleased with the tremendous operational and financial progress since implementing our turnaround plan 10 years ago,” said Burgess. “It’s an exciting time for Ion. We are expanding on the momentum of our consumer and customer-friendly television strategy.” 

Burgess said the company looks to add more “A-quality” syndicated and original shows, “operationally acquire” independent stations in large markets, build additional networks and tap newer platforms to deliver Ion content. He also notes Ion’s large stash of broadcast spectrum.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.