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Cox Media Group Names Next EVP

TV’er Bill Hoffman tapped to replace retiring Bob Neil

Cox Media Group has named an exec from its television management ranks to take over as senior vice president of the company following the retirement of Bob Neil.

Bill Hoffman, previously vice president and general manager of the company’s WSB(TV), Atlanta, will oversee radio, television and newspaper operations for CMG.

Former EVP Bob Neil retired after 25 years with the company; his last day was yesterday.

Neil came up through the radio management ranks; in contrast, Hoffman has a television background, ensuring TV’s perspective and expertise are included in corporate decisions.

He works with the Cox-owned television stations on operations and coordinates syndicated TV programming. He also oversees the Cox Washington Television Bureau and represents the Cox stations to the television industry.

Hoffman joined Cox in 1979 as an account representative at TeleRep and has held a number of roles including vice president and general manager of WFTV(TV), Orlando, Fla., local sales manager at WSB(TV), Atlanta, office manager at Atlanta’s TeleRep office and national sales manager at WPXI(TV), Pittsburgh. He was also local and national sales manager of WCCO(TV), Minneapolis.

Tim McVay, VP and GM at KTVU(TV), Oakland, will suceed Hoffman at WSB(TV), effective July 7. McVay has spent his 32-year television career with Cox, starting at WHIO(TV), Dayton, Ohio as an account executive, national sales manager and local sales manager.