(Dayton, Ohio) — June 17, 2020 — Cox Media Group, the parent company of WHIO, K99 and EagleDayton, announced Tuesday that June 19th will be a paid company holiday. The 19th is a day set aside to mark the end of slavery, a celebration known as Juneteenth.
“Starting now, our company is designating Juneteenth (June 19th) as a CMG official annual, paid holiday – as a much-needed opportunity to reflect on the date’s historical importance in America and the critical work that lies ahead for making inclusion and equity a reality for all,” said CMG Chief Executive Officer Dan York. York was named CMG’s CEO on May 29th.
“On May 29, when I began an exciting, new chapter joining your team at CMG, I never could have predicted that during my first few days, the convergence of multiple crises – linked by increased national attention on racial injustice – would propel our company into action with immediate focus and urgency. The disproportionate impact that COVID-19 is having on black and brown communities and the protests demanding racial equity have made one thing perfectly clear: CMG should, can, and will do more to create a platform to drive real and meaningful change within our company,” said York.
The decision at CMG comes as Virginia and other states consider making Juneteenth a state holiday, as it is in Texas. There is also a movement to make the day a national holiday. Companies including Square and Nike also announced in recent days that June 19th will be a company holiday.About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group (CMG) is an industry-leading media company with dominant brands, award-winning content, and exceptional people. CMG provides valuable local content to diverse audiences in the communities in which it serves. The company’s operations include 33 market-leading television stations in 20 markets, 54 award-winning radio stations in 10 markets and numerous multi-platform streaming video and digital platforms. Cox Media Group’s portfolio includes affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable independent stations. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps and Gamut; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services with Local Solutions. For more information about Cox Media Group and its businesses, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.