Cox Media Group
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|Headquarters||6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road,|
|Kim Guthrie (President)|
|Parent||Cox Enterprises |
(Transfer of ownership to Apollo Global Management pending)
In 2018, Cox announced the sale of its television stations to Apollo Global Management under the holding company Terrier Media (along with those of Northwest Broadcasting), with Cox retaining a minority stake. In 2019, it was announced that Apollo would also acquire Cox's radio stations and advertising businesses, and that the company would retain the Cox Media Group name.
In December 2008, Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers, Cox Radio, and Cox Television into one integrated digital media company. The creation of Cox Media Group was a departure from grouping subsidiaries based solely on publishing medium.
In August 2009, Cox Enterprises realigned its radio, television, newspaper/publishing, and digital assets into the same division. Under the new structure, while the local brands remain independent, they share resources and some management. Dayton, Ohio, was considered the prototype for the media group, where radio, television, newspaper, and direct mail were all in the same market and were combined into a new building. In other markets where the facilities aren't as close together, they do share some senior management; for example Houston & San Antonio Radio and the Austin American-Statesman newspaper all fall under the same regional vice president. In addition to the radio/TV stations and newspapers, Cox Media Group encompasses Cox Digital Solutions (digital sales for both Cox and non-Cox online and mobile properties), Cox Reps (national TV sales for station groups such as Gray and Gannett), Kudzu.com, Savings.com, and Valpak direct mail.
CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010. DealSwarm provides online discounts at local businesses. The program is active in such Cox Media Group properties as Atlanta, Austin and Dayton.
In April 2013, CMG launched the online-only new site Rare.us as a conservative media source, originally with the tagline “Red is the Center” and more recently “America’s News Feed.” After initially-low audience numbers, the site expanded dramatically following more prominent use of social media and a more diverse range of stories.
In July 2012, CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut. It also intends to spin off its smaller market television stations in El Paso, Johnstown, Reno, and Steubenville. The company said it intended to focus on larger markets or smaller markets that could be clustered together with other CMG properties.
On February 12, 2013, CMG announced the sale of the Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, and Richmond radio stations to SummitMedia, and the southern Connecticut stations to Connoisseur Media; two weeks later, on February 25, the company announced the sale of the four television stations (and the local marketing agreement for a fifth) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.
On July 24, 2018, Cox Enterprises announced that it was "exploring strategic options" for Cox Media Group's television stations, which the company said could involve "partnering or merging these stations into a larger TV company." Cox Media Group's president, Kim Guthrie, subsequently clarified to trade publication Radio & Television Business Report that the company was solely seeking "a merger or partnership" and not an outright sale of the television stations. On February 15, 2019, Cox announced that Apollo Global Management would acquire a majority interest in the CMG television stations, as well as the Dayton radio stations and Ohio newspapers (whose operations are integrated with WHIO-TV), forming a new company that will retain Cox Media Group's management and operating structure; Cox Enterprises will hold a minority stake in this company. Cox's other radio stations, as well as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are not included in the deal; Cox had previously said that any deal involving the television stations would not include radio stations or newspapers. In March 2019 filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apollo disclosed that the new company, tentatively named Terrier Media, would purchase the Cox stations for $3.1 billion (reduced by the value of Cox's equity stake in Terrier).
On March 18, 2019, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Cox Enterprises was "exploring options" for its radio stations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution would not be included in any potential deal for the stations. On June 26, 2019, Cox announced that the radio stations, as well as national advertising businesses CoxReps and Gamut, would also be acquired by the Apollo Global Management-backed company, which concurrently announced that it would retain the Cox Media Group name instead of Terrier Media. As they will no longer be grandfathered, the new company must divest a radio station each in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
- Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio
- Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio
- Springfield News-Sun, Springfield, Ohio
The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:
- Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas
- Chandler Arizonan, Chandler, Arizona
- The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
- The Daily Reflector, Greenville, North Carolina
- The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas
- The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado
- Longview News-Journal, Longview, Texas
- The Lufkin Daily News, Lufkin, Texas
- The Marshall News Messenger, Marshall, Texas
- Mesa Tribune, Mesa, Arizona
- Miami News, Miami, Florida
- Orange Leader, Orange, Texas
- Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, Florida
- The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Palo Verde Valley Times, Blythe, California
- Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas
- Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
- Scottsdale Progress, Mesa, Arizona
- Tempe Daily News, Tempe, Arizona
- Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco, Texas
- Beaufort-Hyde News, Belhaven, North Carolina
- Bertie Ledger-Advance, Windsor, North Carolina
- The Chowan Herald, Edenton, North Carolina
- The Duplin Times, Kenansville, North Carolina
- The Enterprise, Williamston, North Carolina
- Farmville Enterprise, North Carolina
- The Nickel-Grand Junction, Grand Junction, Colorado
- Perquimans Weekly, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
- Standard Laconic, Snow Hill, North Carolina
- Times-Leader, Ayden-Grifton, North Carolina
- Weekly Herald, Robersonville, North Carolina
Cox Media Group owns, operates or provides sales and marketing services to 57 stations in 20 markets. This radio portfolio includes 71 FM stations and 15 AM stations.
Cox Radio became a public company, majority owned by Cox Enterprises, in 1996. Around April 2009, Cox Enterprises proposed a US$69-million takeover offer of Cox Radio. The offer expired on May 1, 2009. The offer was later raised to $4.80 a share, and the expiration was pushed to May 13. The offer was accepted, and the acquisition was completed on June 1.
- Clark Howard* (syndicated by Westwood One)
- Rick and Bubba (syndication handled by Syndicated Solutions)
- Herman Cain (returning January 2013) *
- * = Broadcast from Atlanta
Cox Radio-owned radio stationsEdit
- Note: **—indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|Jacksonville||WAPE-FM-95.1||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FL||WEDR-99.1||Urban Contemporary|
|WFEZ-93.1||Soft adult contemporary|
|WHQT-105.1||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|Orlando||WCFB-94.5||1997||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL||WDUV-105.5||Soft Adult Contemporary|
|WPOI-101.5||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Atlanta||WALR-FM-104.1||2000||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|WSBB-FM-95.5||1999||Simulcasts WSB (AM)|
|WSB-FM-98.5 **||1948||Adult Contemporary|
|Athens, GA||WGMG-102.1||2008||Adult Contemporary|
|WPUP-100.1||2008||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Nassau - Suffolk, NY||WBAB-102.3||1998||Classic Rock|
|WBLI-106.1||1998||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KJSR-103.3||1995||Classic Rock|
|KRAV-FM-96.5||Hot Adult contemporary|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-FM-95.7||simulcasts WHIO (AM)|
|WHKO-99.1 **||1946||Country music|
|Houston - Galveston, TX||KHPT-106.9||2000||Classic Rock|
|KSMG-105.3||Adult Top 40|
Cox Television-owned television stationsEdit
Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
- (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
|City of License / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned Since||Primary Affiliation|
|WJAX-TV 1||47 (19)||2012||CBS|
|Orlando - Daytona Beach||WFTV||9 (39)||1985||ABC|
|Atlanta||WSB-TV **||2 (39)||1948||ABC|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-TV **||7 (41)||1949||CBS|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KOKI-TV||23 (22)||2012||Fox|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KIRO-TV||7 (39)||1997||CBS|
- 1 Through a shared services agreement, Cox operates WJAX-TV, owned by Hoffman Communucations, Inc.
|City of License / market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Oakland - San Francisco - San Jose||KTVU||2 (44)||1963–2014||Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|KICU-TV||36 (36)||2000–2014||Independent station owned by Fox Television Stations|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale||WCKT ** 1||7 (7)||1956–1962||Fox affiliate, WSVN, owned by Sunbeam Television|
|Detroit||WKBD-TV||50 (14)||1984–1993||The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|St. Louis||KDNL-TV||30 (31)||1982–1989||ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Reno, Nevada||KRXI-TV||11 (44)||1995–2013 2||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|KAME-TV||21 (20)||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media|
(operated under an SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|Steubenville, OH - Wheeling, W.V.||WTOV-TV||9 (9)||2000–2013||NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Johnstown - Altoona, PA||WJAC-TV||6 (34)||2000–2013||NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|El Paso||KFOX-TV||14 (15)||1996–2013||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Tacoma - Seattle||KSTW||11 (11)||1997||The CW owned-and-operated (O&O)|
- 1 Co-owned with Knight Newspapers until 1962 in an equally-divided joint venture.
- 2 KAME-TV owned by Ellis Communications, Cox operated this station, along with sister-station KRXI-TV.
Cox Television-owned cable channelsEdit
- YurView California (formerly referred to as Channel 4 San Diego & and also known as Channel 4 Padres or COX 4) - serves San Diego, California)
- Cox Sports Television - regional sports network serving the Gulf South region
- The Cox Channel - local origination cable channel based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; is operated by Cox Communications through its Oklahoma City and Tulsa-area cable television systems
- Cox7 - Cox 7 Arizona serving Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
- Pittsburgh Cable News Channel, airs on various different channels within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Co-owned with Comcast and operated by WPXI.
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- Trubey, J. Scott (February 15, 2019). "Cox Enterprises to sell majority stake in TV stations to Apollo". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- Gnau, Thomas (February 15, 2019). "Cox, Apollo agree to form private company". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
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- Allison, David (March 18, 2019). "Cox Enterprises exploring options for its radio stations". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
- Jacobson, Adam (June 26, 2019). "It's Official: Cox Radio, Gamut, CoxReps Going To Apollo". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
- "Cox sells Travel Channel majority to Scripps". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
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