Journal broadcast reorganization plan announced

A planned reorganization of the corporate structure of radio and television operations of Journal Broadcast Group under E.W. Scripps was announced with an internal memo.

Under the plan, Steve Wexler, in charge of the radio group, and Debbie Turner, executive vice president of television for Journal Broadcast and general manager of WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn., will report to Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of television for Cincinnati-based Scripps.

Wexler, formerly executive vice president of radio and television and general manager of WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), is executive vice president of the radio division.

The planned broadcast reorganization was announced by Rich Boehne, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Scripps, and Tim Stautberg, CEO of the new Journal Media Group. It  was released by Steven Smith, chairman and CEO of Journal Communications, which also owns the Journal Sentinel.

The Journal Sentinel will combine with 13 Scripps newspapers to become part of Journal Media Group. Journal Sentinel publisher and president Betsy Brenner, who is also a vice president of Journal Communications, will become vice president regional publisher for Journal Media. The combined newspaper division will be spun off into another publicly traded company that will be based in Milwaukee.

The deal is expected to close in 2015.

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