Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes Valpak and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With revenue of $1.8 billion*, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.

2009 KEY METRICS

Revenue: $1.8 Billion*
Page Views for All Cox Media Group Websites: 3.89 billion
Daily Newspapers: 8
Non-Daily Newspapers: 16
Page Views for Newspaper Websites: 2.46 billion
Total Sunday Newspaper Circulation (Daily Papers): 964,228
Total Newspaper Circulation (Weekly Papers): 250,300
TV Stations: 15
Local Cable Channels: 1
Television Markets: 11
TV Viewer Reach: 30.3 million
Page Views for TV Station Web Sites: 1.19 billion
AM Radio Stations: 15
FM Radio Stations: 71
Radio Markets: 19
Combined Weekly Radio Listeners: 17,349,600

*Includes 2009 revenues from Valpak.

"As the media landscape changes, Cox Media Group is integrating Cox's tremendous resources and talent of newspapers, radio, television, digital, research and target media.  Everyone in CMG is working hard to maximize our great brands for our communities and our customers."

Sandy Schwartz, President, Cox Media Group

2009 Highlights

  • All Media
  • Reorganized the traditional Cox media businesses of radio, television and print into Cox Media Group (CMG). The company traditionally grouped its businesses by medium, and this new approach reflects our response to the changing marketplace. CMG allows us to maximize the expertise and talents of our media professionals across all of our media businesses, creating a more efficient, effective and responsive multi-media company.
  • Page views across CMG websites totaled a record 3.89 billion. With 75 percent growth, mobile continues to emerge as a platform of choice for users and contributed an additional 190 million views.
  • Began restructuring Dayton-based media businesses into a single, integrated media organization. This organization – comprised of WHIO-TV's Channel 7; Cox Ohio Publishing, including the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News Sun, JournalNews, Middletown Journal, Cox Ohio's Southwestern Ohio weekly newspapers, commercial printing and mail operations; and Cox radio stations in Dayton (WHIO AM and FM, WHKO and WZLR) – will provide comprehensive, multi-platform news coverage to the Dayton community, while each distinct media property will maintain a separate, independent voice – just as it always has.
  • Newspaper
  • Sold community newspapers in North Carolina, Colorado and Texas and closed Washington, D.C., and foreign newspaper bureaus. Also sold Saving Source Direct, a direct-mail advertising company.
  • Austin American-Statesman's websites had the strongest local market reach of any newspaper in the nation, with 32 percent of all local adults, according to Scarborough Research. It is also a national leader in the newspaper industry for social media and recently received the national No. 2 ranking for "Twitter IQ" from the Bivings Group.
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reached more than 1 billion page views across its online properties for the third year in a row. The AJC reached almost 2.2 million adults, or nearly 60 percent of the market, weekly with print and online channels. The AJC also increased watchdog reporting and changed editorial pages to address bias/balance issues.
  • CMG leveraged radio & TV research team for content at The Palm Beach Post with similar plans for our other papers in 2010 to increase audience engagement.
  • AJC is realizing production, distribution and operating efficiencies to save more than $100 million annually.
  • The Palm Beach Post is outsourcing its printing to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel to save $10 million annually.
  • AJC, Austin American-Statesman and Dayton Daily News continue to be the regional printing source for national and regional papers in their markets, including the New York Times.
  • Television
  • Grew online page views by 25 percent to 1.2 billion and increased engagement (duration of average site visit) by 26 percent over 2008.
  • Seamlessly converted all stations to the digital platform without customer interruption.
  • Strong performance by local newscasts and stations in all markets. This represents consistent and superior ratings performance.
  • Biggest month for WSBTV.com (78.6 million page views, 270 percent increase year-over-year) due to cross-platform promotion and rich content during WSB-TV's community involvement and extensive coverage of the September flood in Atlanta.
  • Radio
  • Cox Media Group completed a going-private transaction in which Cox Radio became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.
  • Revenue performance was better than that of the market, supported by consistently strong ratings performance.
  • Stations continue to be recognized by the radio industry for quality programming and excellent operations including: 107-3 JAMZ/WJMZ-FM in Greenville, SC, being named Urban Station of the Year at the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Awards.
  • Maintained consistently strong ratings performance across our markets. Seventy-eight percent of our stations are ranked in the top 10 in their target demographic.
  • Neal Boortz, opinionated host of the Atlanta-based "Neal Boortz Show," which airs throughout the United States on affiliates of the Jones Radio Network, was one of eight professionals inducted into the 2009 National Radio Hall of Fame. Boortz is an Atlanta institution, having spent 40 years on Atlanta radio, including the last 16 on WSB-AM. The National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum commemorates the giants of a medium that has permeated American society for most of the 20th century.

RELATED LINKS

www.coxradio.com
www.telerepinc.com
www.hrprep.com
www.mmtsales.com
www.coxcrossmedia.com
www.valpak.com
www.ajc.com
www.daytondailynews.com
www.palmbeachpost.com
www.statesman.com
WSB-TV (Atlanta): www.wsbtv.com
WSOC-TV (Charlotte): www.wsoctv.com
WHIO-TV (Dayton): www.whiotv.com
KFOX-TV (El Paso): www.kfoxtv.com
WJAC-TV (Johnstown, PA): www.wjactv.com
WFTV-TV (Orlando): www.wftv.com
WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh): www.wpxi.com
KRXI-TV (Reno): www.foxreno.com
KTVU-TV (San Francisco/Oakland): www.ktvu.com
KICU-TV (San Jose/San Francisco): www.kicu.com
KIRO-TV (Seattle): www.kiro.com
WTOV-TV (Steubenville, OH): www.wtov.com