Clear Channel Networks Group Names President

Darren Davis

Darren Davis

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has created a new unified Networks group and tapped Darren Davis to lead the effort as President, Clear Channel Networks Group. In his new role, Davis will oversee the close integration of Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, the 24/7 News Network and the iHeartRadio Network.

Davis has a long standing, very successful career within Clear Channel starting at WASH-FM in Washington, D.C. in 1992 as an intern. He worked his way up to eventually becoming the station’s program director and overnight on-air host. He has since served as a Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Detroit and Chicago, and climbed the ranks to Senior Vice President of Programming and his most recent role as Executive Vice President and General Manager of National Programming Platforms.

Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO for Clear Channel said, “Darren is an innovative and effective leader of teams and has been a success at every role he has played at this company from the beginning as a programmer through his role as EVP and GM for the National Programming Platforms (NPP) group with Tom Poleman. His extensive and diverse experience makes him the perfect candidate for this important new leadership role.”

In his expanded role, Davis will oversee the company’s key Network divisions, including:
• Premiere Networks, which syndicates 90 radio programs and services to more than 5,000 radio affiliates. Julie Talbott will become President of Premiere Networks, reporting into Davis.
• Total Traffic and Weather Network, led by EVP of Sales Gary Larkin and SVP of Operations Kevin Loftus.
• 24/7 News Network, led by Chris Berry.
• The iHeartRadio Network, led by SVP of Programming Chris Williams, which focuses on all the digital music programming, curation, affiliate relations and marketing strategies for Clear Channel’s digital service­ iHeartRadio.

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