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Thaxton Takes Over WCPO

WCSH Portland (ME) President/General Manager Steve Thaxton has been named VP and general manager at Scripps-owned WCPO Cincinnati. He replaces Bill Fee, who retired in December, and starts March 21. 

"In the past few years, Scripps has strengthened its commitment to high-impact, community-changing journalism, which is why an executive with Steve's reputation for local news leadership came to our attention," said Brian Lawlor, senior VP of the Scripps television division. "He has vast experience in producing programming that engages both consumers and advertisers. Combining his skills with the existing strengths of WCPO will deliver powerful results for the viewers and businesses of Greater Cincinnati." 

Thaxton, 52, spent nearly 13 years running Gannett's stations in Portland and Bangor, Maine. Before that, Thaxton served in leadership roles at Gannett's KARE Minneapolis, KUSA Denver and KPNX Phoenix; all are NBC affiliates.
WCPO is an ABC affiliate in DMA No. 33.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.