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Doug Franklin Named Publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 12, 2009

ATLANTA, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Doug Franklin will succeed John Mellott as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution effective March 1, while
maintaining his duties as executive vice president of Cox Newspapers. He will
continue reporting to Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Media Group. Mellott
has announced he will retire as publisher of the AJC and from Cox after 22
years of service.

As publisher, Franklin will add to his responsibilities as head of Cox
Newspapers by leading more than 5,600 AJC employees at the Southeast’s largest
newspaper and the top source – both in print and in digital format – of news,
information and advertising for metropolitan Atlanta.

“Doug is a change agent and his outstanding track record with Cox uniquely
qualifies him for the Publisher role of the AJC,” said Schwartz. “He will
bring fresh thinking and energy to the job while he continues the critically
important work of transforming our newspapers in print and digitally.”

A 30-year Cox veteran, Franklin most recently served as publisher of Cox
Newspaper’s Palm Beach Post, where within the last year, he made sweeping
changes to the south Florida newspaper. Among his major accomplishments at
The Post were a significant restructure and reorganization to address the
shifting media landscape; content sharing partnerships with E. W. Scripps
Company, Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company; and a partnership with
Tribune’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel to outsource the printing of its various
newspaper products. He also developed partnerships with Scripps and Tribune
for joint distribution deliveries. Other accomplishments include a major
pre-print alliance with ADVO’s Red Plum and development of a future media
business and product plan with Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc.

Prior to joining The Post, Franklin served as president and CEO of Cox
Ohio Publishing and publisher of the Dayton Daily News. In this role, he
oversaw more than 1,200 employees and multiple daily publications in Ohio,
including the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, The Middletown Journal
and the JournalNews in Hamilton, as well as four weekly publications.

John Mellott has served as publisher of the AJC since spring 2004. He has
held various leadership roles at Cox during his 22 years with the company
including president and CEO of Dent Wizard International, vice president and
general manager of the AJC and vice president of business development for Cox
Enterprises.

“John has led Cox’s flagship newspaper during a time of unprecedented
change in the industry,” said Schwartz. “All of us at Cox thank him for his
dedication, years of service and wish him the best in his retirement.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (www.ajc.com)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the leading source of news,
information and advertising for metropolitan Atlanta, reaching a total print
and online audience of more than 2.2 million people each week. Every month,
nearly 2.5 million unique visitors access the newspaper’s Web sites, including
ajc.com and accessAtlanta.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is owned by
Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and
providers of automotive services.

SOURCE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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