Freedom Interactive Reorganizes to Strengthen Local News and Content Resources: Bret Jacomet and Steve Witkos Named Senior Regional Directors

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Bret Jacomet and Steve Witkos have joined Freedom Interactive, the online division of Freedom Communications, Inc., as senior regional directors reporting directly to Terry Moore, Vice President of Content. In their newly developed regional roles, Witkos and Jacomet will focus on expanding Freedom's Interactive strategic content initiatives by facilitating cross-functional collaboration and best practice sharing. Witkos will focus his efforts in the Southern and Gulf regions of Freedom's network, and Jacomet will team with the Northeast and Central region media properties.

Their talent and regional expertise will enable us to deliver best of breed editorial content and interactive products to our local customers.

    Witkos and Jacomet will facilitate cross-functional partnerships between Freedom's local media businesses and Freedom Interactive to develop, innovate and improve interactive content. They will be responsible for leveraging local Freedom talent and creating interactive products and services that can be deployed across the organization, serving local, regional and national communities of interest.

"We are thrilled to have Steve and Bret joining our interactive organization," said Michael Mathieu, President of Freedom Interactive. "Their talent and regional expertise will enable us to deliver best of breed editorial content and interactive products to our local customers."

Most recently, Witkos served as director of EmeraldCoast.com, a web site portal based in Destin, Florida, for five years. EmeraldCoast.com supports the interactive strategy for the ten Freedom properties in Florida. He is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the region, working to increase the revenue and audience in this market. Witkos joined Freedom as a Web developer for Destin.com.

"I am excited about the opportunities of this expanded role. The pace of growth in Freedom around interactive is very swift," said Witkos. "I look forward to being a liaison with Freedom Interactive and the local properties, bringing great national products to the customers we serve."

Jacomet joined Freedom in 2002 and has been director of new media for the company's Lima News operation in Lima, OH. Prior to joining Freedom, Jacomet was a stockbroker, president of an electronic scoreboard company and an online entrepreneur. He is a member of Southern Newspapers Publishers Association's New Media Task Force and a member of the Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation. He served as a member of Freedom Communication's New Business Development Corporate Team, contributed to the Shelby Innovation Project and served as a team leader on Freedom's Interactive Innovation Project.

"It's great to join a very talented and creative team at Freedom Interactive," Jacomet said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of the new position in meeting Freedom's corporate vision and supporting the local businesses."

About Freedom Interactive

Freedom Interactive is the Internet subsidiary of the nation's 12th largest media company -- Freedom Communications -- a national, privately owned information and entertainment company headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Freedom Interactive owns and operates web sites coast to coast, each offering local, up-to-the-minute breaking news stories, extensive content with a unique perspective, and trusted local news coverage on demand. The company's web sites are associated with various Freedom Communications media properties including over 70 newspapers and magazines, such as The Orange County Register and The Gazette in Colorado Springs, and nine broadcast television stations.

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