Cox Plucks A Top DirecTV Leader As Kim Guthrie’s Successor


For the past five years, Daniel York has served as Sr. EVP and Chief Content Officer for AT&T and its DirecTV arm, and has been associated with the DBS provider’s parent company since 2004.

Now, York, who from 1987-2000 was VP/GM of HBO Sports under Time Warner, is exiting AT&T.

He’s taking a role most recently held by Kim Guthrie.

Effective Friday (5/29), York is now President/CEO of the “reconstituted” Cox Media Group, today an entity with a big investment from Apollo Global Management.

York is already on the job, and will be responsible for all aspects of managing the company’s various media platforms as well as CMG’s long-term strategic priorities.

“I’m excited to welcome Dan,” said David Sambur, co-lead partner of private equity at Apollo Global Management. “He has an outstanding record of leadership in this industry, and of operating efficiently, creating strategic vision, and inspiring organizations to innovate and grow.”

Steve Pruett will continue to serve as Executive Chairman of CMG.

Guthrie on May 6 announced that she has “decided to move on from the organization after a 22-plus year career with the company.”  There’s yet no word on where the media industry veteran, whose career includes roles at Hubbard Broadcasting, is headed.

Speaking of his new duties, York said, “I have always admired and respected the unparalleled quality of CMG’s 90-plus TV and radio stations, digital and advertising platforms, and the company’s unwavering commitment to journalistic integrity. The past few months have underscored that there is no substitute for the most important and valuable content in the ecosystem, market-leading local news and entertainment. I look forward to working with the Board and the CMG team as we continue to enhance our partnerships with our advertisers, content providers and distribution outlets to best serve our communities and millions of viewers and listeners.”



  1. For Cox with a good variety of owned radio and television stations, it’s really too bad that they were not able to promote from within as they have many qualified managerial personnel. These are people who already know the broadcast field and the participation of the various Cox properties.

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