MEMPHIS – Dec. 1, 2014 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Memphis has named Paul Briggs, an 18-year CMG veteran, as its new Vice President and General Manager for WHBQ-TV FOX 13, effective immediately.
“We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent like Paul for this important leadership position at one of our newest TV brands,” said CMG’s Executive VP of Television Jane Williams. “Paul will play a pivotal role in leading the professionals at WHBQ-TV and to continue informing, inspiring, entertaining and improving the Memphis community.”
Before being named General Manager, Briggs was the General Sales Manager (GSM) at WSOC-TV in Charlotte. He also was GSM at Charlotte’s WAXN-TV and Account Executive at WSOC-TV. Briggs started his broadcast career in Rochester, NY, working as an Account Executive in radio at WCMF and in television at WROC-TV.
“I am excited to be a part of Cox Media Group’s growth in the Memphis broadcast market and to lead a team that is dedicated to providing outstanding news, information and entertainment to our viewers,” said Briggs. “I also look forward to working with the talented sales team, led by Michelle Woods, delivering customized solutions and great results to our advertisers.”
Memphis is ranked as the No. 50 designated market area (DMA) and comprises 672,390 TV Households. Viewers in Memphis, West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi can tune into WHBQ-TV on Comcast Channel 13, DirecTV Channel 13 and Dish Channel 13. WHBQ has been consistently one of highest-rated FOX stations in the U.S. since becoming a FOX affiliate in 1995 and broadcasts more than 50 hours of local news each week via FOX13 News and Good Morning Memphis.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 30 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.