CCM+E Launches Networks Group, Names Darren Davis Pres.
January 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA + ENTERTAINMENT has created a new unified Networks group and has named DARREN DAVIS as President, CLEAR CHANNEL NETWORKS GROUP. Previously EVP/GM of National Programming Platforms, DAVIS will oversee and ensure the success and close integration of the networks -- PREMIERE NETWORKS, TOTAL TRAFFIC and WEATHER NETWORK, the 24/7 NEWS NETWORK and the iHEARTRADIO NETWORK.
This new position underlines CLEAR CHANNEL's continued commitment to further expanding and transforming its business, introducing innovative new products, moving onto new platforms and delivering more unique opportunities and content to its audiences and its talent.
"This new unified Networks group will enable us to better capitalize on our powerful relationships, creative talent and unparalleled capabilities across all platforms and maximize our infrastructure in an entirely new way to take these networks to a higher level, as well as develop new ones," CLEAR CHANNEL Chairman/CEO BOB PITTMAN said. "DARREN is an innovative and effective leader of teams and has been a success at every role he has played at this company from the beginning as a programmer through his role as EVP and GM for the National Programming Platforms (NPP) group with TOM POLEMAN. His extensive and diverse experience makes him the perfect candidate for this important new leadership role."
"One of our biggest priorities is to build out the full potential of our national platforms and networks and explore new opportunities to bring the most compelling content and the biggest advertiser offerings to the national marketplace," said DAVIS. "We have an amazing team in place and I look forward to the challenge of going beyond what we've ever done and continuing to work closely with TOM POLEMAN and the NPP group, BRIAN LAKAMP and the Digital group and TIM CASTELLI and National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships group as well as all of our affiliates."
Network Executive Hierarchy
CLEAR CHANNEL has also re-set its executive hierarchy at the Networks. JULIE TALBOTT will be President of PREMIERE NETWORKS. TOTAL TRAFFIC and WEATHER NETWORK will be led by EVP/Sales GARY LARKIN and SVP/Operations KEVIN LOFTUS. 24/7 NEWS NETWORK is overseen by CHRIS BERRY, The iHEARTRADIO NETWORK is now led by recently promoted SVP/Programming CHRIS WILLIAMS.