ATLANTA – Oct. 8, 2014 –Cox Media Group (CMG) welcomes the employees at its new TV stations WFXT-TV FOX 25 in Boston and WHBQ-TV FOX 13 in Memphis. Earlier this summer, CMG and The Fox Television Stations, Inc. announced they would swap FOX affiliated stations in Boston and Memphis for two CMG stations located in the San Francisco-Bay Area market, KTVU FOX 2 and KICU Channel 36.
“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at Cox Media Group, in Boston and in Memphis who made today a reality,” said Jane Williams, CMG’s Executive VP of Television. “We look forward to supporting these new stations as they continue playing key roles in their communities; providing vital news, information and entertainment to their audiences; and offering targeted sales solutions to their clients.”
Williams added that, at the same time, CMG wishes everyone at KTVU/KICU in the San Francisco Bay Area all the best as they begin a new chapter as a part of The Fox Television Stations.
Boston’s WFXT-TV FOX 25
Boston is ranked as the No. 7 designated market area (DMA) and comprises more than 2.4 million households. Viewers in Boston and Manchester, NH can tune into WFXT-TV on Comcast Channel 25, DirecTV Channel 25 and Dish Channel 25.
CMG’s new Boston VP and General Manager is Tom Raponi, who comes to Boston from KTVU/KICU in San Francisco.
“I am looking forward to joining the FOX 25 team and competing with the great broadcasters in the Boston market,” said Raponi. “Together, with the help of the great resources that Cox Media Group provides to all of its stations we will work hard to build on the station’s current success.”
Memphis’ WHBQ-TV FOX 13
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.
“Joining a group with the historic market leadership and success of the Cox Media Group stations is a tremendous opportunity for our team in Memphis,” said WHBQ-TV VP and General Manager John Koski. “We look forward to writing our next chapter reflecting the unmatched quality, service, and new media innovation of CMG for the benefit of our viewers and the success of our advertising partners in the Mid-South.”
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. WHBQ broadcasts MOVIES! on digital sub-channel 13.2. WHBQ’s MyFoxMemphis has a Memphis market-leading 239,000 followers on Facebook, and the iFOX News App and the FOX13 Radar App are widely used and available on iTunes and Google Marketplace.
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.