Hughes named president, general manager of the Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail

Tue, May 02, 2006 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI - Frank “Butch” Hughes III, general manager of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, has been named president and general manager of The Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail., effective July 1.     The Independent Mail and The Commercial Appeal are owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.   In his new role at the Independent Mail, Hughes will have oversight responsibility for the newspaper’s advertising, circulation, production, marketing, online, human resources and information technology departments. He also will have oversight responsibility for the Independent Mail’s direct mail and Clemson University publications group. Hughes will report to Independent Mail Publisher Fred Foster.   “Butch has had a long and very successful career with Scripps and is one of our most innovative and creative leaders,” said Mark Contreras, senior vice president/newspapers for Scripps. “I know him to be a top-notch professional with a high level of integrity, creativity and passion for delivering industry-leading results.”                                                 Hughes, 50, was appointed general manager of The Commercial Appeal in 2004. He 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 as advertising director in 1999.     About Scripps   The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.   The company’s portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; and Shop At Home, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers in roughly 57 million U.S. households and online through shopathometv.com.

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