Tuesday, November 08, 2016 — Cox Media Group (CMG) Seattle has named Greg Bilte as its new Vice President and General Manager for KIRO 7, effective Dec. 5. Bilte succeeds Jay O’Connor, who announced this summer that he is leaving the company.
“Greg is a proven leader, and I’m thrilled that we have such phenomenal internal talent like Greg to step into this critical leadership position in Seattle,” said CMG’s Executive VP of Television Jane Williams. “I know he will build upon the momentum that the KIRO team has created over the last several years to super serve the Seattle community with news, weather, entertainment and valuable business opportunities.”
Previously, Bilte was VP and GM for CMG Tulsa’s Fox 23 News (KOKI-TV) and My Tulsa 41 (KMYT-TV) since March 2013. While in Tulsa, Bilte, who is passionate about developing and recruiting talent, and his team achieved many successes, including growing the stations’ news market share by 26 percent while adding 15 hours of news per week.
Bilte, who is returning to Washington State, began his accomplished broadcasting career in 1979 as a Business Development Account Executive for KXLY in Spokane and later was an Account Executive with TeleRep. His career also includes serving as National Sales Manager at KTTV in Los Angeles and General Sales Manager at both CMG’s previously-owned KTVU and KICU stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“I’m thrilled that I have an opportunity to return to the Pacific Northwest,” said Bilte. “My 25 years at Cox has prepared me to lead KIRO, a great television station that has a long history of serving the community.”
Bilte is a native of Northern Idaho and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television.
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, more than 60 radio stations, six 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 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million 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.