New head for Cox Media Group


Doug Franklin has been named President of Cox Media Group (CMG), reporting to Jimmy Hayes, President and CEO Cox Enterprises. Franklin will oversee the radio, TV, newspaper and online operations.

Franklin succeeds Sandy Schwartz who has been named President of Cox’s automotive services subsidiary, Manheim.  

CMG operates 15 broadcast television stations; 86 radio stations; eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, more than 100 digital services and Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.

“Doug is a seasoned veteran with a great understanding of our CMG properties and a great vision for their future,” said Hayes.  “He has played a major role in the integration and transformation of our media businesses and I am confident in his ability to lead them to continued success.”

Franklin most recently served as Executive Vice President of Cox Media Group where his responsibilities included overseeing radio, television, newspaper and digital operations.  He previously served as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Palm Beach Post. He also has served as president and CEO of Cox Ohio Publishing and publisher of the Dayton Daily News.  Franklin joined Cox more than 30 years ago as a door-to-door circulation solicitor from Dayton.  

With revenues of nearly $15 billion and more than 60,000 employees, Cox Enterprises’ major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Manheim, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); Cox Media Group, Inc. (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers, advertising sales rep firms, Valpak and Cox Digital Solutions); and (online automotive advertising and Kelley Blue Book, vAuto and HomeNet Automotive subsidiaries).  Additionally, Cox operates