Deborah A. McDermott


Deborah A. McDermott was named CEO of Standard Media Group in April 2018 to lead the start-up broadcasting company focused on building a major broadcast television group. Ms. McDermott’s appointment followed a 20-plus year career leading broadcast groups – including COO of Media General and CEO-President of Young Broadcasting. Her tenure as CEO included mergers with Media General and LIN Media and the company grew to one of the nation’s largest multimedia companies – covering 23 percent of U.S. households and 43 percent of the U.S. internet audience and operated or serviced 71 television stations in 48 markets. Ms. McDermott is also the Founder and CEO of McDermott Media Group. The company executives have over 150 years of combined leadership experience in broadcast M&A and building and operating high-performing broadcast and digital media business.

Ms. McDermott was inducted in to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2013 and has served as Chair of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and the ABC Affiliate Board of Governors, and as a member of the Boards of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB). She currently serves on the board of directors for the Country Music Association (CMA) and has served as President of the Second Harvest Food Bank, chaired the Nashville Sports Council and the United Way Annual Campaign. She has also served on the boards of The Ensworth School, Leadership Nashville, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and the Nashville Convention Commission.