Steve Wexler Named EVP/Radio At Journal
January 23, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP has named MILWAUKEE radio and TV EVP/GM STEVE WEXLER as EVP/Radio for the company, reporting to Pres./CFO ANDRE FERNANDEZ.
The company also named CBS affiliate WTVF (TV) (NEWSCHANNEL 5)/NASHVILLE EVP/GM DEBBIE TURNER as EVP/Television, also reporting to FERNANDEZ. ABC affiliate KTNV-TV/LAS VEGAS EVP/GM JIM PRATHER will step away from his Western region management duties to take on group-wide strategic responsibilities for Television, including retransmission consent, network relations, and original programming, reporting to TURNER.
FERNANDEZ said, “Both DEBBIE and STEVE have deep expertise in their respective fields – DEBBIE as long-time leader of one of the top CBS-affiliated television stations in the country, and STEVE as a respected Radio industry veteran who was recently elected to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB) Board of Directors. Their broad experiences make each of them a natural choice for their respective roles leading our Television and Radio operations.
“As we have invested in our broadcast businesses and expanded our geographic footprint over the last decade, we believe that repositioning our broadcast segment around Television and Radio recognizes the unique expertise we've always had in JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP around each medium,” added FERNANDEZ. “These changes also ensure the appropriate strategic focus and resourcing for each business, and should help us further improve our operational performance.”