Lisa Lovell-Ayres has been named news director of Nexstar Broadcasting’s WPTY and WLMT in Memphis and WJKT in Jackson, Tenn, effective immediately.

Lovell-Ayres has been acting news director of the stations since December. Nexstar acquired the three stations from Newport Television last year.

“With her depth of expertise in news production and programming and deep knowledge of the local Mid-South communities, we are confident in her ability to provide effective leadership to build upon the achievements of our Memphis / Jackson news operations,” Ardyth Diercks,┬áVP-GM of the three stations, said in a statement.

Before becoming acting news director, Lovell-Ayres served as the stations’ executive news producer for eight years.