updated 4/25/2011 11:17:03 AM ET 2011-04-25T15:17:03

NEW YORK, April 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ION Media Networks announced today that cable television veteran Douglas Holloway has been named President of Multi Channel Distribution. The newly created position will oversee the Company's distribution efforts for ION Television and its digital channels qubo, and ION Life.  Mr. Holloway will oversee the Company's cable, satellite and telco partner relationships, reporting to ION Media Network Chairman & CEO Brandon Burgess.

"Having someone of Doug's caliber and experience on our team is important, as we look to expand our positive relations with cable, satellite, and telco distributors," stated Burgess.  "Doug is widely known and respected in the distribution marketplace for his ability to build mutually beneficial long term TV relationships."

Holloway will be based in New York City and oversee a multi-location distribution team across the United States, including multichannel sales staff. He will also increase ION's involvement and representation in a variety of television distribution trade and marketing organizations.

"ION's momentum in programming and ratings speaks for itself," stated Holloway. "Reaching top 10 network status in record time after three straight years of double digit growth since launch, we have provided distributors and consumers with one of the most dynamic television turnaround stories in recent memory.  This makes the distribution position exciting and I look forward to getting to work."

Holloway's recently served as the President of NBC's Network Distribution Partnerships and Affiliate Marketing, as well as President of NBCUniversal's Cable Investments where he was responsible for distribution/clearances and managing joint ventures for NBCUniversal. Holloway's 30 years of experience also includes his management of all distribution, on-line, affiliate marketing, local ad sales, finance and operations while he served as President of Network Distribution and Affiliate Relations for USA Networks. Holloway holds a MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University and a B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College.

ABOUT ION MEDIA NETWORKS

ION Media Networks, Inc. is a leading U.S. media and technology company, using its unique content and broadcast capabilities to deliver innovative in-home and out-of home television services. On the content side, ION Media owns and operates ION Television, serving over 99 million homes with high quality media and information 24/7; qubo, the award winning 24/7 kids channel and ION Life, a channel dedicated to active living and personal growth.  On the technology side, ION operates a footprint of 60 full power DTV television stations, providing the backbone for its wireless consumer innovation. ION's pioneering R&D efforts have lead to a series of ground-breaking mobile and next-generation digital television DTV products using over-the-air television spectrum technology.  For more information, visit www.ionmedia.com .

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