Three weeks after Kim Guthrie announced her departure from Cox Media Group as President and CEO, the company has appointed Daniel York as her successor. York most recently served as Senior Executive VP and Chief Content Officer of AT&T and subsidiary DIRECTV. As President and CEO, York will manage all aspects of CMG’s media platforms, including its radio and TV divisions, and will oversee its long-term strategic priorities.
The changing of the guard comes six months after affiliates of Apollo Global Management closed on their purchase of CMG’s 90 radio and TV stations and related businesses from Cox Enterprises, which kept a minority stake in the new company.
“I’m excited to welcome Dan as the President and CEO of Cox Media Group,” David Samburu, Co-Lead Partner of Private Equity at Apollo, said in a press release. “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, who was named Interim CEO upon Guthrie’s exit, will continue as Executive Chairman. In handing the baton to the new CEO, Pruett pointed to York’s extensive experience in media, content, distribution, operations and leading large organizations. “Most importantly, he embraces contemporary thinking as the media landscape continues to evolve,” Pruett said. “We have full confidence he is the right person to lead CMG in the next phase of the company’s growth.”
While Guthrie’s career path was steeped in radio, Los Angeles-based York’s background is in video. He assumed his most recent post as Chief Content Officer at AT&T after the telecom giant purchased DIRECTV in July 2015, where York served in the same position. Before joining DIRECTV in 2012, he was President of Content and Ad sales at AT&T. He’s credited with helping build AT&T’s video business over the past 15 years from a start-up to become the nation’s largest pay TV provider and the world’s largest licensor of content. His oversight there included all content activities including licensing, operations, strategy, investments, original content and compliance. He also ran AT&T’s ad sales and regional sports networks.
Before joining AT&T in 2004, he was Senior Vice President of Programming and Development at video on-demand provider In Demand Networks, a joint venture among Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Cable. He started his career at HBO where he held various management positions, including VP/GM at HBO/Time Warner Sports.
In the press release, York professed admiration and respect for “the unparalleled quality” of CMG’s radio and TV stations, digital and advertising platforms and its “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,” York added. “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.”