Aldridge returns to WTVQ

Chris Aldridge is back.

The 49-year-old Lexington resident has been named general manager of WTVQ-TV by the ABC affiliate's new owner, Morris Network, a division of Multimedia Inc.

Aldridge served as vice president and general manager of WTVQ from 1992 to 1999, when the Lexington station was owned first by Park Communications and later by Media General Broadcasting Group. Morris acquired WTVQ from Media General in May.

After leaving WTVQ in 1999, Aldridge worked for WSAZ-TV in Charleston-Huntington, W.Va., before moving back to Lexington in 2001 to manage a privately owned radio company.

In 2005, he was named general manager and associate publisher of Lane Communications Group, publisher of The Lane Report, a Lexington-based monthly business magazine.

Aldridge also has been a radio and television consultant for three years.

His early television career included work in Greensboro, N.C.; Tallahassee, Fla., and Chattanooga.

“Chris brings both television and local market experience to our new station in Lexington,” said H. Dean Hinson, president of Morris Network, in a press release. “His background in the television business and his experience in other related marketing endeavors made him the ideal candidate to take over the management of WTVQ.”

Aldridge lives in Lexington with his wife, Eva, and two children.

Morris Multimedia is based in Savannah, Ga. The privately held company owns more than 90 publications, including five daily newspapers, plus eight network-affiliated television stations and other media-related ventures in 10 states and the Caribbean.