ATLANTA – Dec. 3, 2012 – Today, Cox Media Group (CMG) officially welcomes aboard the employees at new TV stations ̶ WAWS-TV (Fox) and WTEV-TV (CBS) in Jacksonville, Fla. and KOKI-TV (Fox) and KMYT-TV (MyNetwork) in Tulsa, Okla. The purchase was announced earlier this summer as part of CMG’s portfolio realignment to focus on larger markets.
“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at CMG and these stations involved who made today a reality,” said CMG President Doug Franklin. “These new stations will play a key role in collaborating with CMG’s other businesses in those markets. This is an exciting time as we grow CMG’s presence in these markets, and we are thrilled that these stations are joining our team of media professionals.”
Jacksonville’s WAWS-TV, WTEV-TV and MYTVJAX
“The Action News Team is thrilled to be joining the CMG family with their proven 100-plus year record of producing journalism excellence and commitment to the local community,” said Jim Zerwekh, Vice President and General Manager of FOX30 WAWS-TV and MYTVJAX. “This opportunity is a big win for our team, our city and our customers. Additionally, the opportunity to partner with CMG’s top-rated Jacksonville radio stations will allow us to collaborate on the kind of in-depth journalism our market deserves on TV, radio, digital, mobile phones and on tablets, positioning us as the market leader in community service.”
WAWS-TV FOX30 is one of the top-rated FOX affiliates in the United States. In the Jacksonville-Brunswick area, WAWS-TV broadcasts on channel 30, on most Comcast cable systems on channels 10 and 434, and on Direct TV and Dish TV on channel 30. Subscribers of other cable or satellite systems may consult their providers for station lineup information. While WAWS-TV FOX30 is now owned by Cox Media Group, it also operates WTEV-TV, owned by Bayshore Television LLC., through a shared services arrangement. WTEV-TV CBS 47 is Jacksonville’s most-watched television station. Viewers can find WTEV programming on broadcast channel 47, on most Comcast cable systems on Channels 6 and 433, and on Direct TV and Dish TV on channel 47.
WAWS-TV also operates the My TV Network/Me TV station in the Jacksonville market on the digital sub channel 30.2. It is also available on Comcast Cable channels 29 and 436. WAWS-TV also produces the websites actionnewsjax.com, fox30jax.com and mytvjax.com. WAWS-TV also operates mobile news app Action News and mobile weather app Action News First Alert Weather for Apple and Android devices.
The Jacksonville-Brunswick designated market area (DMA) covers nine Florida counties (Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, and Union) and six in Georgia (Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Pierce, and Ware). Nielsen Media Research estimates the Jacksonville DMA comprises 659,170 TV households.
Tulsa’s KOKI-TV and KMYT-TV
“Our team in Tulsa is thrilled to be joining a company that not only has deep historic roots in the news business, but also is continually looking toward the future and making valuable contributions in communities around the nation,” says Holly Allen, VP and General Manager of KOKI-TV and KMYT-TV. “We are excited by the opportunity to partner with the CMG radio and Cox cable properties in Tulsa, and look forward to bringing our new innovative media platform to Tulsa.”
KOKI-TV FOX23 serves Tulsa and the surrounding communities by providing breaking news and breaking weather coverage on TV, on the web at FOX23.com, and through mobile apps and text messaging. FOX23 News broadcasts seven-and-a-half hours of local news every weekday, and one hour each Saturday and Sunday evening. Every weekday, FOX23 also broadcasts a one-hour local lifestyle show, called Great Day Green Country.
KMYT-TV My41 broadcasts a variety of comedy, drama, and talk-based programming to the Tulsa area. My41 also serves as a second platform for FOX23 News to provide breaking news and breaking weather information, in order to reach as many viewers as possible during situations of urgency.
As part of its realignment strategy, CMG also announced this summer it will be selling its radio locations in Birmingham, Ala.; Greenville, S.C.; Hawaii; Louisville, Ky.; Richmond, Va.; and Southern Connecticut, as well as television stations in four markets ̶ El Paso, Texas; Johnstown, Pa.; Reno, Nev.; and Steubenville, Ohio. Work continues on the sale of these locations, and details will be made public when finalized.
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 Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.