“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”
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The newsroom at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media Group’s duopoly in Jacksonville, is undergoing a renovation to “to upgrade and coordinate its news dissemination through traditional and web channels, social media and mobile apps,” according to the Jacksonville Daily Record:
Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of WAWS TV-30 and WTEV TV-47, said changes in the news industry necessitate the newsroom updates for efficiencies.
[...] the newsroom has been vacated to prepare for the work and those functions have been relocated to other areas in the building during renovations. About 140 employees work in the TV operation, according to Zerwekh. He expects the project will be completed in 10-12 weeks.
“It’s a significant investment for our parent company,” he said. “It definitely shows their commitment to us and our continued growth.”
“This opportunity was a no-brainer. They’ve got the Jaguars, they have SEC football and they have a strong presence in the high school sports scene,” Hicken told the Florida Times-Union. “They’re committed to local sports, and that’s what I want to do, and that’s who I am.”
Because of a six-month non-compete clause in his contract, Hicken will begin his on-air reporting duties at WTEV-WAWS, the CBS and Fox affiliates, in November.
As Hicken joins the sports team at WTEV-WAWS, Brent Martineau is promoted to sports director, effective immedately.
“Brent has done a tremendous job for us and has won multiple awards for his efforts,” general manager Jim Zerwekh said. “He’s spearheaded our coverage of not just the Jaguars but with a lot of the other sports that we cover.”
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“Bill is a true professional, who knows that relationships are the key to driving our business in this highly-competitive market,” said WAWS-WTEV vice president and general manager Jim Zerwekh. “We are truly fortunate that we can tap into CMG’s vast sales talent pool for this key position.”
Before coming to WAWS-WTEV, Funke was general sales manager for Cox Media Group’s WFTV and WFTV.com in Orlando. He first joined Cox in 1995 as an account representative with TeleRep before joining WFTV as its national sales manager. Funke was promoted to local sales manager in 2002.
“I’m thrilled to take on this amazing opportunity to work with the CMG Jacksonville TV team of dedicated sales professionals,” said Funke.
Cox Media Group has closed on its purchase of four Newport Television stations in Jacksonville, FL, and Tulsa, OK.
“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at CMG and these stations involved who made today a reality,” Cox Media Group president Doug Franklin said in a statement. “This is an exciting time as we grow CMG’s presence in these markets, and we are thrilled that these stations are joining our team of media professionals.”