Redfern to Head Media General’s Florida Group

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Media General of Richmond, Va., announced two appointments in its Tampa, Fla., market.

Ronald R. Redfern, previously division senior vice president for Freedom Communications Metro Division in Orange County, Calif., was named to the newly created position of Florida Communications Group President, overseeing Media General’s newspapers, TV, and online operations. Redfern’s appointment is effective Aug. 25.

Tampa Tribune acting Publisher Gilbert C. Thelen has been named president and publisher, effective immediately.

Thelen, along with the general managers of WFLA-TV and TBO.com, will report to Redfern, who will also oversee Media General’s other newspapers in Florida.

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