In a surprising move, Clear Channel has reorganized its operational structure, resulting in the departures of EVP of Operations for Regional Markets George Toulas and SVP of Operations Dave Crowl and Tom Thon. Additionally, a few Market Managers are being promoted to SVP of Operations: Boston's Tom McConnell; Hartley Adkins, who oversees Washington and Baltimore; and San Antonio's Matt Martin. McConnell will handle the Northeast, Adkins will cover the Southeast, and Martin will oversee the West.
In a memo to the staff explaining the changes, CEO John Hogan wrote, "Over the last several months, we have been reviewing our regional clusters with a view toward how we might better operate these clusters, given the unique aspects of their market size, competitive situations, the continually changing environment and in thinking of them not simply as radio stations but as widely distributed local businesses which face similar challenges. We are now prepared to begin developing an overall strategy for how those businesses might best be operated to ensure the greatest opportunity for audience growth, revenue growth, and the highest possible profitability and efficiency."