James Platzer Becomes News Director for WJAC-TV in Johnstown

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – March 21, 2011 James Platzer is Cox Media Group’s (CMG) new News Director for WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pa. and will officially begin April 4.

Platzer’s distinguished career in media actually began at WJAC-TV in 1990 as a part-time photographer.  Originally from Lewistown, Pa., he is currently a Journalism instructor at Penn State University.  Prior to joining the teaching staff at Penn State, he was the News Director at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC and the News Director at WAND-TV in Decatur, IL. 

“James brings an abundant amount of knowledge and experience to WJAC-TV,” said Kevin Hayes, CMG Johnstown General Manager and Vice President.  “He has a nose for news, is a great leader, and I am thrilled that he has joined our team.”

“I am thrilled, honored and humbled to return to my first station as News Director,” added Platzer.  “The team is an accomplished news organization, and I look forward to working with them as they continue to make an impact on the local community.”  

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group, Inc. is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With $1.8 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.  Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com