Cox Media Group Names New President as Part of Long Term Leadership Transition

By Kevin Eck 

Cox Enterprises has named Bill Hoffman as the successor to current Cox Media Group president Doug Franklin. The move comes after the announcement of a shuffling of top posts that will take place next year.

CMG’s parent company, Cox Enterprises also announced John M. Dyer will be named CEO when current chief executive officer Jimmy W. Hayes retires in April 2014. Dyer will be named chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises effective May 1. Current CMG president Franklin moves into Dyer’s spot after the transition next year.

“Bill is a talented, senior executive who will provide strong leadership, continuity and direction at Cox Media Group,” said Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises. “His innate understanding of the integration of broadcast, print and digital media will help ensure Cox outlets maintain their enviable rankings in a highly-competitive media landscape.”


Hoffman is currently the executive vice president of Cox Media Group. Before moving to the corporate office, Hoffman was the vice president and general manager of WSB in Atlanta. He started working for CMG in 1979 as an account representative at TeleRep. He’s also worked as VP and GM of WFTV in Orlando, local sales manager at WSB, office manager at TeleRep, and national sales manager for WPXI in Pittsburgh and CBS owned WCCO in Minneapolis, MN.

Cox Media Group owns 19 broadcast television stations throughout the country.