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Littleton Named WATE Knoxville GM

Dean Littleton has been named VP and general of WATE, Young Broadcasting's ABC affiliate in Knoxville. He comes from WVLT Knoxville, where he was VP and general sales manager at Gray's CBS station.

"I am thrilled to have Dean lead WATE and become a part of the Young family," said Deb McDermott, Young president and CEO. "He is a well-respected and proven leader whose extraordinary sales and journalism skill set, broad managerial experience and extensive knowledge of the market mesh perfectly with our strategic goals."

Stan Knott had been overseeing WATE from his GM post at WKRN Nashville.

Prior to joining WVLT in December 2008, Littleton was general sales manager at Gannett's KUSA-KTVD Denver. Earlier, he spent seven years in a similar role at WBIR Knoxville.

Littleton began his TV sales career at WBIR in 1995 as account executive, before making local sales manager and finally general sales manager. He started at WBIR as a news photographer and editor.

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.