MEMPHIS – Jan. 12, 2015 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Memphis has named award-winning broadcaster Patti McGettigan as its new News Director for WHBQ-TV FOX 13, effective Jan. 16.
“I am thrilled to have someone of Patti’s caliber join the WHBQ team,” said CMG Memphis VP and General Manager Paul Briggs. “Patti is a proven leader and has a strong commitment to delivering an outstanding news product on all platforms. She and her team will grow WHBQ’s local news coverage and ensure that we are serving the Memphis community with the very best news product possible.”
McGettigan spent 14 years in leadership roles at LinMedia’s WOOD TV8 in Grand Rapids, Mich., including nearly 10 years as News Director providing direction and leadership to the No. 1 station in West Michigan. Additionally, she worked three years at LinMedia’s flagship station WISH TV News 8 as News Director, covering major events such as the Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse and Super Bowl XLVI. McGettigan’s work earned the 2006 RTDNA Unity Award for Large Market Television Station honoring coverage of Race and Diversity.
“I believe strongly in the values and vision of Cox Media Group and am looking forward to joining the team at FOX 13 in Memphis,” said McGettigan. “We hope to focus on the growth and development of our local news commitment while seeking to serve the community in areas underserved in the past.”
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.