Cox TV President Fisher to Retire at Year’s End

Nov 3, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Cox Television President Andy Fisher, who has been a strong voice for local TV stations on the national broadcasting and regulatory landscapes, is retiring at the end of the year from the company he joined in 1984.
He will be succeeded by Executive VP Bruce Baker, a 20-year Cox veteran.
Mr. Fisher, an eight-time Emmy winner who is one of the increasingly rare group executives who got their start in news, has been Cox TV president since 2001. He was an executive at WAGA-TV in Atlanta 24 years ago when he moved across town to run Cox flagship station WSB-TV in 1984. He was promoted to executive VP of TV affiliates six years later and then named television executive VP.
Mr. Baker’s assignments for privately held Cox TV before being named executive VP in 2000 included serving as general manager of WSOC-TV and WAXN-TV in Charlotte, N.C.; station manager of WSB; and general sales manager of WFTV-TV Orlando.
Mr. Fisher has told colleagues he intends to focus on his sons and may do some consulting.
He has helped shape much of the dialogue in recent years between networks and their affiliates and stations and the Federal Communications Commission in leadership positions in the National Association of Broadcasters, Association of Maximum Service Television, Television Operations Council and the Broadcaster’s Foundation. He has also chaired the boards of the ABC Affiliate Board of Governors, the Television Bureau of Advertising and Network Affiliated Stations Alliance.
(Editor: Baumann. Corrects station call letters to WSB-TV in third paragraph.)


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