Ad sales pro to be new general manager at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis

Tue, August 03, 2004 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI - Frank “Butch” Hughes III, advertising director at the Knoxville News Sentinel, has been named general manager of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, effective Aug. 23.In the newly created position, Hughes, 48, will be responsible for the advertising, marketing and circulation departments at The Commercial Appeal. The Commercial Appeal and the News Sentinel are owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.“Butch Hughes has demonstrated his ability and talent in newspapers from California to Indiana and Tennessee,’ said John Wilcox, president and publisher of The Commercial Appeal. “His marketing, sales and leadership expertise will be a great addition for both our newspaper and our community.” Hughes began his career at the Knoxville News Sentinel in 1979 as a switchboard operator while attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He subsequently worked in the ad service department, in retail sales and as a major accounts representative before being promoted to sales manager in Knoxville. Hughes also served as advertising director at the San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Telegram-Tribune in California when it was still a Scripps newspaper in the mid 1990s and as advertising director at the Scripps-owned Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press. Hughes returned to Knoxville in 1999. The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media and television retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 15 broadcast TV stations, four cable and satellite television programming networks and a television retailing network. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. HGTV reaches about 85 million U.S. television households and Food Network can be seen in about 84 million households. Scripps Networks Web sites include,, and Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 86 countries. The company’s television retailing subsidiary, Shop At Home Network, markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop At Home Web site, Shop At Home reaches about 49 million full-time equivalent U.S. households, including 5 million households via five Scripps owned, Shop At Home affiliated broadcast television stations.Scripps also operates Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT.

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