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Cox Names New Head of TV and new VP of News & Marketing

Cox Media Group has named Jane Williams executive vice president of television effective immediately. CMG also named Marian Pittman vice president of news and marketing for television. Pittman will report to Williams.

Williams, who oversees all of CMG’s television stations, was named senior vice president of television in 2012. Before that she was the publisher of the Cox owned Austin American-Statesman. She started her television career at WSB in Atlanta in 1988.  In 2007, she was promoted to VP of Sales for Cox Television and became CMG’s VP of Sales in 2009.

Williams welcomed Pittman by saying, “We are thrilled to have Marian lead our Television News and Marketing efforts.” Williams added, “She is the consummate news professional and has been an integral leader in one of the most successful, legendary local news operations in the country at Atlanta’s WSB-TV and will now work with all of our Television properties as we build for the future in a rapidly changing media environment.”

Most recently Pittman was the station manager for WSB. During her 25 year career in media, she has worked at WFTV in Orlando, WSOC in Charlotte and WHIO in Dayton, OH.

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WSB Teams Up with Beat the Traffic for iPhone App

Atlanta’s WSB is teaming up with Beat the Traffic, a provider of real-time traffic information, to launch an iPhone traffic app.

WSB already uses Beat the Traffic’s mapping functions for their on-air traffic reports, station manager Marian Pittman said in a statement. The free app will enable users to view and report real-time traffic conditions

WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said the app “is loaded with useful tools for Atlanta drivers.”

“It gives you instant access to location-based, interactive traffic maps, current travel times, and traffic jam warnings to avoid delays,” he said in a statement.

WSB Names New Station Manager, News Director

Management changes are coming to WSB, the ABC-affiliate in Atlanta.

Marian Pittman, who has been the news director for the past five years, has been named station manager, WSB parent company Cox Media announced today. In her new position, she will be responsible for “strategic direction” planning at the station.

Pittman will be replaced by Mike Dreaden, who will step into the news director role after 13 years as managing editor of WSB.

In a statement, WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said the promotions were an opportunity to “tap existing talent for key leadership roles.” Read more

Following Other ABC-Affiliates, WSB Prepares to Launch Newscast in ‘Oprah’ Timeslot

Atlanta’s WSB announced today that it will launch a one-hour 4 p.m. newscast to replace Oprah, who leaves for cable at the end of May. WSB follows Chicago’s WLS and New York’s WABC in filling Oprah‘s longtime timeslot with local news.

“We felt that this was the right time to start the additional newscast,” said Bill Hoffman, WSB’s vice president and general manager, adding that the new 4 p.m. newscast would give the station “another hour of opportunity to serve viewers with local news when they want it.”

The new newscast will be anchored by Monica Pearson and John Bachman (above, right), with Glenn Burns, WSB’s chief meteorologist, forecasting the weather.

Pearson has been with the station for over 30 years and currently anchors WSB’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Bachman, who has been with WSB since 2007, currently works as a weekend anchor in addition to reporting throughout the week. Read more