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Sinclair chooses Culleton successor for two markets

Go Gators…and bananas too.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group has selected the person who will succeed Cory Culleton as the leader of the two Gainesville-Ocala stations it provides service to and the FOX affiliate it owns in Savannah, Georgia.

Winning the role is Hillary Walker, who goes from director of local sales to vice president/general manager of the CBS subsidiary WGFL-28 and NBC affiliate WNBW-9 in Gainesville-Ocala while taking on concurrent roles as head of WTGS-28 in Savannah. WTGS is the FOX affiliate of Coastal Empire

“Hilary has a history of success in the Gainesville market and deep roots in the community,” said Rob Weisbord, Sinclair’s COO and President of Broadcasting. “We are excited to raise him to lead the Gainesville stations and add his expertise to Savannah.”

Walker commented, “Sinclair Broadcast Group continues to evolve in the media landscape, delivering the best experience to its viewers and customers. I am honored to be part of the team and couldn’t be more thrilled to lead the exceptional people of Gainesville and Savannah to build on their successes.

Walker’s promotion comes just two days after Culleton, who was vice president/general manager at Gainesville-Ocala, moved to Mobile-Pensacola. He is now Vice President/General Manager of ABC WEAR-3 and MyNetwork TV WFGX-35 in Pensacola, Florida, and also responsible for overseeing the shared services agreement with the NBC affiliate WPMI-15 and not affiliated WJTC-44 in Mobile. These last two stations are authorized to Deerfield Media.

Prior to joining Sinclair Broadcast Group, Walker was a media consultant for Cox Media Group. She was also an account executive at WOGX in Gainesville.