Westwood One announced a management change in its Metro Television division. Fred Bennett has been named President and General Manager of Metro Television. Bennett was previously Executive Vice-President of Affiliate Sales and Operations for both Metro Traffic Radio and Metro Television. He has held other senior management positions in Affiliate Sales, Ad Sales and Business Operations with the Metro Traffic division since 2003 when he rejoined the Company. Bennett first joined Westwood One in 1996 with the acquisition of Shadow Broadcast Services.
“Fred has delivered results in a range of management positions in Metro Traffic Radio,” said Rod Sherwood, President of Westwood One. “Since joining Metro Television, he has added new affiliates to the division, and we look forward to his leadership in continuing to expand the business. “
Also effective immediately, Mike Haake has been promoted to Executive Vice-President of Affiliate Sales for Metro Traffic Radio and Metro Television, expanding his responsibilities from his current position leading Metro Traffic Radio Affiliate Sales.
Jonathan Marshall, who served as President and General Manager of Metro Television since January 2009, is returning to the entertainment industry, where he started his career as an entertainment lawyer. Before joining the Metro Television division, Marshall was Executive Vice-President, Business Affairs and Strategic Development for Westwood One.
“Jonathan and his team established Metro Television as the leading traffic information provider in the TV business. We greatly appreciate all that he did for the Company, and we wish him continued success in his new business endeavors,” said Sherwood.
Westwood One says Metro Television is the largest provider of TV traffic information to television stations in the United States, serving approximately 165 affiliates. Metro Television is currently expanding its Sigalert traffic product which provides high quality traffic data and graphics package consistent across television, on-line and mobile platforms in the industry.