TVN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Streaming News 2021: Optimizing Audience, Rev

A TVNewsCheck virtual conference on June 9 will explore strategies for building audiences and monetizing on streaming services featuring executives from CBS News Digital, Fox Owned Stations, Gray Television, E.W. Scripps, CBC, Cox Media Group, Disney/ABC and KSL Salt Lake City. Register here.

Cox Media Group Implements Matrix’s Media Ad Sales Platform

Cox Media Group has adopted Matrix Solutions’ Monarch Media Ad Sales Platform. The companies say this enterprise-wide execution “will provide CMG with complete visibility into their aggregated data while also providing extensive CRM capabilities and media intelligence designed to increase revenue opportunities and extend operational efficiencies.” CMG recognized that Monarch’s media-specific proficiency and ability to unify first-and-third party […]

AT&T And Cox Settle Before Super Bowl

The multiyear deal covers 26 Cox Media Group-owned stations in 20 markets across DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse video services.

DirecTV, Cox Square Off Over Retrans

DirecTV and AT&T TV could lose 14 stations next Tuesday due to a carriage dispute with Cox Media Group which manages the stations. (The fee fight also affects U-verse in the markets it serves.)

CMG And Altice USA/Suddenlink In Retrans Deal

Cox Media Group and Altice USA/Suddenlink announced that they have reached a new multi-year retransmission consent deal for the ongoing carriage of CMG stations on Suddenlink lineups in Tulsa, Okla.; Memphis; Spokane, Wash.; Eureka, Calif.; Greenville-Greenwood, Miss.; and Alexandria, La. The agreement means that Suddenlink customers will have access to CMG’s station content, including local news, weather, sports, traffic and entertainment. The parties thanked consumers “for their patience during this negotiation.”

Cox Stations Dark In Suddenlink Dispute

Cox Media Group TV stations in six markets have gone dark to Suddenlink subscribers in a dispute over retransmission consent fees. The blackout affects viewers in Tulsa, Okla.; Memphis; Spokane, Wash.; Eureka, Calif.; Greenville-Greenwood, Miss.; and Alexandria, La.

Dish And Cox End Long Retrans Dispute

Dish Network has announced a multi-year agreement with Cox Media Group to restore 14 stations in 10 markets that had been blacked out on the satellite TV operator’s platforms since July. Dish didn’t announce terms of the agreement with Cox, which is owned by Apollo Global Management. Dish still has 164 Nexstar stations blacked out

Cox Media Group Names Hannan EVP-CFO

He joins CMG from AutoWeb, a full-service marketing organization for dealers and manufacturers, where he has been EVP-CFO for the past two years.

McCoy, CMG To Launch Multicultural News Network

DuJuan McCoy’s Circle City Broadcasting teams with Cox Media Group and Circle City Broadcasting to offer “an unbiased national forum for the voices of America’s underserved multicultural communities” beginning next year.

Dish Could Lose 18 Cox Stations This Week

Dish, which is already involved in seven separate carriage disputes, could lose 18 more stations in 10 markets this week due to yet another fee fight.

Comscore, Cox Expand Measurement Agreement

Comscore today announced an agreement to provide Cox Media Group with TV measurement in six new markets: Syracuse, N.Y.; Spokane, Wash.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Eureka, Calif.; Binghamton, N.Y.; and Alexandria, La. Additionally, the agreement extends TV measurement in Yuma, Ariz.; Medford, Wash.; Yakima, Wash.; and Greenwood, Miss. Cox Media Group will be using Comscore’s local television currency including the Automotive Audience segments, allowing it to plan, transact and evaluate the value […]

TVN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH STEVE PRUETT

TVN Executive Session | CMG’s Pruett: Station Groups Need Alliances

In Cox Media Group’s first major interview since being taken over by Apollo Global Management, Executive Chairman Steve Pruett explains the selection of Dan York as its new CEO, the need for more FCC deregulation and the industry’s critical failure to come together on key issues like automated buying.

Cox Media Names Daniel York President-CEO

The station group chooses the former senior EVP and chief content officer of AT&T and its DirecTV subsidiary to succeed Kim Guthrie, who announced earlier this month that she was leaving.

DMA 13: SEATTLE

Pat Nevin Named VP-GM Of KIRO Seattle

Cox Media Group chooses the veteran broadcast executive and GM of KOIN-KRCW in Portland, Ore., to succeed the retiring Greg Bilte atop its CBS affiliate in Seattle.

DMA 13: SEATTLE

Greg Bilte To Retire As KIRO Seattle VP-GM

He concludes his 41-year career in broadcasting and 25 years at Cox Media Group on June 30.

Cox Media Group CEO Kim Guthrie Leaving

Steve Pruett, CMG executive chairman, will serve as the interim CEO until a permanent chief executive officer is appointed and Guthrie will work with Pruett “on an orderly transition.”

KIRO Restored To Ziply Subs After 2 Years

Cox Media Group said it reached a deal that will return its Seattle CBS affiliate, KIRO, to subscribers of Ziply Fiber after a two-year outage. The agreement is effective May 1 at 12:01 a.m. PT

CMG Unveils New Company Logo

After a company-wide competition, the winning design was submitted by Cox Media Group employee Kim Colombero, art director for CMG-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

Cox And Dish Suspend Retrans Dispute

Cox said the move gives viewers access to important public health information during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ed Wilson To Head CoxReps And Gamut

Cox Media Group chooses the veteran of Tribune, Fox, NBC and CBS to oversee its national ad platforms. CoxReps’ Chief Operating Officer Ann Hailer and Soo Jin Oh, SVP of client solutions at Gamut will continue in their current roles, reporting directly to Wilson.

Fox, Cox Renew Affiliation Agreement

Fox Corp. and Cox Media Group have renewed the affiliation agreements for four of Cox’s TV stations. The deal will see WFXT Boston; WHBQ Memphis; WFOX Jacksonville, Fla.; and KOKI Tulsa, Okla., remain affiliates of the Fox broadcast network.

Cox Media Given 60 More Days To Sell Ohio Newspapers

Gray, Cox, Adopt Arc Publishing Platform

With these additions, Arc greatly expands its work in the broadcast industry, powering digital experiences and content creation for more than 200 broadcast stations in the U.S and Europe.

DMA 21: CHARLOTTE, NC

Fired WSOC News Director Files Suit

Former WSOC news director Julie Szulczewski says she was fired after seven years. She’s filed a a federal lawsuit in which she says the station and its parent company, Cox Media Group, pushed her out to bring in a younger, less qualified man and “keep the boys’ club” happy.

Cox Media Group Plans Layoffs In Georga

Guthrie To Stay On As CEO Of Apollo/Cox

Cox Media Group confirmed today that Kim Guthrie will continue as head of the station group after an Apollo private equity fund closes on its deal to buy the group. She is now president of CMG.

Cox Sells Radio, CoxReps, Gamut To Apollo

Cox Enterprises will retain a minority in the new company substantially owned by Apollo Global Management.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Sharing Strategies For Launching OTT Services

Executives from leading local and national news players in the OTT space discuss their various options for packaging and presenting content on the platform. Also crucial is figuring out how best to differentiate one’s OTT service from the many competing options, overcoming a lack of viewing metrics and personalizing content for viewers.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Local TV First Movers Highlight OTT News Summit

Sinclair’s Scott Ehrlich, Cox’s Ian Stinson, CBS’s Adam Wiener and Gray’s Erin Overstreet will offer insights they’ve gained into local news audience behavior, optimal OTT content and programming decisions, backend tech challenges and monetization opportunities at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit on June 11.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | Musings About Apollo-Cox-Northwest-Nexstar

Apollo Global is cobbling together a major new station group by melding Cox, Northwest and spinoffs from the Nexstar-Tribune merger. Not much is known about the four-sided deal at this point, but it’s got everybody talking. Most surprising to me: Northwest and its retrans contracts may be the key to the whole thing.

Cox Selling Majority Interest In Stations To Apollo

Apollo Global Management will get a majority interest in Cox Media Group’s 13 television stations. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake and will join Apollo in forming a new company to operate these stations, which will be headquartered in Atlanta.

TVN FOCUS ON SALES

Market Forces Threaten Future Of Cox Reps

With growing station group M&A and more in-house repping, industry observers say Cox Media Group may have to decide whether to sell the rep division or shutter it. However, Cox’s automated sales platform Videa remains a key asset.

Cox And Nielsen Reach New Deal

The new multi-year agreement covers all Cox TV and radio stations plus CoxReps and Videa.

Cox Media Group Sells Mundo Hispánico

Cox Media Group (CMG) has sold Mundo Hispánico to Mundo Hispano Digital Network (MHDN), a tech-focused media company created to serve the U.S. Latino community through digital and written content, publishing reach and social media network. The price was not disclosed. “We are excited that Mundo Hispánico has found a new home with owners who are committed to continue offering quality news […]

MARKET SHARE | DMA 9

Condace Pressley To Head Cox Community Affairs

NAB 2018

Revenue Coming On Smart Home Plays

Voice platforms like Amazon Echo and Google Home are opening up a new front for media companies to reach consumers. Digital executives at broadcast and newspaper groups say that making early plays there and iterating quickly to a more seamless experience will earn them an important foothold in the smart home.

Cox Prepares For ATSC 3.0 With Triveni Digital

Cox Media Group has deployed Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT analyzer for dual-standards broadcasting and channel sharing. Offering support for both ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 standards, the StreamScope XM MT “will ensure a seamless transition to the next-generation TV standard for 12 Cox Media Group stations,” accoding to Triveni Digital. “With the next-gen ATSC 3.0 TV […]

Cox Names Miguelez Communications VP

Cox Media Group on Tuesday named Michelle Miguelez VP of communications and public affairs, effective immediately. “I could not be more thrilled for Michelle to join our team,” said Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner, SVP and chief HR officer. “She brings a wealth of experience and has a genuine passion for aligning employees with a company’s vision. […]

Cox Media Group Joins TAG Registry

The Trustworthy Accountability Group program is designed to fight fraudulent traffic and improve transparency in the digital marketplace.

NATPE 2018

Groups Likely To Expand Program Production

The trend of station groups creating and syndicating their own shows has proven itself as a worthy way to create cost-effective programming that speaks to local and regional audiences, according to a panel of executives who spoke Wednesday at NATPE.